December 6, 2018 5:39 pm
Updated: December 7, 2018 1:16 am

Snow route parking ban penalties to increase in Calgary

WATCH: Calgarians may soon be paying more if they are caught leaving their vehicles in a snow route when a parking ban is called. The city is considering raising parking ban penalties with the hopes it will lead to greater compliance. Blake Lough reports.

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Snow route bans were introduced in Calgary in 2011. And now, the city is looking for ways to get greater compliance from citizens to move their vehicles when a ban is called.

So far this year there have been four snow route bans with an average of more than 2,000 tickets handed out during each event:

  • Feb. 5-7: 2,945 tickets
  • Feb. 10-12: 2,051 tickets
  • March 4-6: 1,750 tickets
  • Oct 3-6: 1,602 tickets

The city’s transportation committee is asking city council to approve an increase in the fine handed out from the current penalty of $75, which can be reduced to $40 with early payment. The proposed increase is $120 — with an early payment reduction to $80 — something Councillor Joe Magliocca says is not enough

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“Why only $120, they will never learn,” the Ward 2 councillor said. “I’ve got certain areas, they just park it on the road and to move it they have to get a battery charger and $120 is easier than parking it somewhere else”

Magliocca told the committee Thursday he’d even like to see a graduated fine system where each offence brings a higher penalty.

Others on the Transportation committee disagreed. Evan Woolley believes the amount being proposed by administration should act as a deterrent.

“$120 is a lot of money. You know, we can look forever and a day at what the amount is and should be. I wouldn’t want to pay $120 — I’d take the time to move my car.”

Some vehicles have been towed during a snow route ban, but in a report to the committee it’s said to be impractical.

The $120 ticket will match what is handed out when vehicles aren’t moved off the street during spring street sweeping.

The proposal goes to city council for approval on December 17th.

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