Park­ing ticket goes way too far

Windsor Star - - OPINION - Frank Sobkow, Wind­sor

I would like to warn Wind­sor prop­erty own­ers to make sure you stay on your drive­way or risk get­ting a ticket for $25 from the city.

I am a se­nior with chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease. I can­not walk too far with­out stop­ping and rest­ing, so I park my car as close to my front step as pos­si­ble, for ob­vi­ous rea­sons.

I re­cently parked my car on an an­gle just off my drive­way with two wheels on the grass. A city park­ing of­fi­cer walked into my yard and wrote me a $25 ticket for park­ing on my own prop­erty. The ticket states that the in­frac­tion was: “Park, stand or stop on front yard,” con­trary to City of Wind­sor Bylaw 9023 as amended, sec­tion 42(3). What is this? Since when can a city park­ing of­fi­cer come on pri­vate prop­erty, tres­pass and give you a ticket for park­ing on your own prop­erty?

To make things worse I live on Bliss Road and there is no on-street park­ing — just a ditch. If you have a fam­ily gath­er­ing with more than two guests you can­not even al­low them to park on your lawn.

I think this is ex­tend­ing their power too far.

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