Park­ing fines are go­ing up

City coun­cil ap­proved new by­law that will kick in Jan. 1

StarMetro Edmonton - - Edmonton - Kash­mala Fida

Ed­mon­ton’s new city coun­cil voted to in­crease park­ing fines dur­ing their first of­fi­cial meet­ing on Tues­day.

Fines for park­ing in ‘no park­ing’ and ‘per­mit-re­quired’ zones will in­crease to $100 from the cur­rent $75.

Leav­ing your car near fire hy­drants or on a snow clear­ing route will re­sult in a fine of $75 and $100 re­spec­tively, an in­crease from $50.

“We wanted to make sure that fine matched the sever­ity of the of­fence,” Ryan Pleck­aitis, act­ing man­ager for com­mu­nity stan­dards and neigh­bour­hoods, told Metro last week when the plan was first pro­posed.

City ad­min­is­tra­tion com­pared Ed­mon­ton’s fees to other ma­jor mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, like Toronto, Van­cou­ver, Cal­gary and Hal­i­fax, and found drivers in the city were get­ting fined less in com­par­i­son.

Ac­cord­ing to city ad­min­is­tra­tion, park­ing il­le­gally in sea­sonal routes and re­stricted res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hoods also had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on city oper­a­tions and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Af­ter the city redi­rected park­ing com­plaints from Ed­mon­ton Po­lice Ser­vice to 311, Pleck­aitis said it had be­come eas­ier for peo­ple to file com­plaints about cars parked in re­stricted ar­eas.

The city usu­ally gets about 25,000 park­ing com­plaints per year, which dou­bled af­ter the switch.

The by­law will come into ef­fect on Jan. 1, 2018.

Kevin Tuong/For MeTro

City ad­min­is­tra­tion found drivers in Ed­mon­ton were get­ting fined less than in other ma­jor mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties like toronto, van­cou­ver, Cal­gary and Hal­i­fax.

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