Instant WPB status and information: 862-1001 (status updated ~ noon)
The Winter Parking Ban (WPB) is a seasonal status change for after-midnight parking use, enforced to facilitate snow removal operations.
The WPB will ordinarily begin at 12:00 AM on December first and ordinarily conclude at 6:00 AM on March 31. (If conditions warrant, the start and end date can be adjusted with public announcement).
Once underway, it runs NIGHTLY, regardless of weather conditions from MIDNIGHT TO 6:00 A.M. until the morning of March 31. During this time parking is prohibited at any time between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. in all but specially designated WPB lots. There are EXEMPT lots and WEATHER CONDITIONAL LOTS (see below). Remember, this ban goes on every night, regardless of weather conditions!
The Winter Parking Ban is in place because of the potential for snowfall in this region. On a campus such as ours, snow can only be efficiently cleared at night from lots empty of cars. In order for the university to open for business the snow removal crews need every available minute after midnight. Cars have to be out of the way.
Keeping a consistently-active WPB eliminates the need to guess on the ban's status, and takes into account the prospect of fast-changing weather in New England. During the 1980s we experimented with a policy where the WPB went into effect only on nights it snowed. When it finally did snow, the snow crews spent more time moving CARS than they did moving SNOW.
It's important to remember the issue has two sides. The snow-removal crews are charged with a very difficult, high priority assignment to get the campus ready by 6:00 a.m. the morning after a snow storm. The "weather-conditional" lots C-lot and B-lot (all night) H-Lot & T-lot (until 2:00 a.m.), represent a compromise between the car-driving campus community and the snow-removal crews. Remember, there are also several "exempt" lots (see below).
Plowing the campus is an enormous job. Midnight may seem early for some, but it's precious time to get the campus ready for business. Like any enforcement issue, enforcement starts promptly at midnight because the regulation clearly indicates midnight. To "say" midnight and "act" 12:15, 12:30, etc., is to open up a grey area of uncertainty...one that keeps getting later and later. The high fines for a WPB violation indicate the seriousness of the policy, and the high degree of responsibility and cooperation required on the part of motorists.
Good question. Here is the info on "EXEMPT" and "WEATHER CONDITIONAL" lots, where you can park (map):
Remember, normal permit requirements resume at 7:00 the following weekday morning, so operators without a permit appropriate for the exempt or weather-conditional lots need to have their vehicles moved by 7:00 a.m.! Parking meters along the street and in non-exempt lots are also closed by the WPB.
Special note about moped parking: Moped pads located in restricted lots are likewise restricted. Pads located in exempted lots are exempt. However, moped pads are vulnerable to snow kicked up by passing plows. The pads themselves are low-priority for snow removal. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that moped permit-holders curtail their use/parking of mopeds until after the conclusion of the WPB.
To find out whether these lots are available or closed on a particular night, the easiest way is to dial the
Parking Announcement Line (862-1001) for recorded status information. Additionally, the
status signs at the entrances to these lots will indicate whether the lots are closed or open. The information posted on the recorded message or on the signs is usually "official" by noon.
It is the responsibility of the motorist to correctly ascertain the status of the weather-conditional lots.
Note: Sometimes e-mail announcements are made to supplement the official notice posted on the Parking Announcement Line. These are done as a courtesy. Because UTS can't control the delivery and receipt of such e-mails, do not rely on e-mail to determine the WPB status. Call 862-1001 or check the signs for the official status.
Remember, this ban goes on every night, regardless of weather conditions. Violators are subject to enforcement ($75 WPB violation, plus substantial and separate towing agency fines!!) so please take care! Remember also that you don't have to be parked the entire night to qualify for enforcement....ANY parking during the banned hours is not allowed!
Please consult the Article VIII of the Rules & Regulations for specific policy, or call the Parking Office for information (603) 862-1010.
862-1001 or 2-1001 (campus phone)
862-1010 or 2-1010 (campus phone)