We’ve been reporting on the city’s reluctance to inform drivers that a ticket issued within 10 minutes of expiry of paid parking can be cancelled, despite a vote by city council in October to better publicize it.
She’s followed our stories about the grace period, approved by city council last July, but can’t understand why it doesn’t cover tickets issued within 10 minutes of the overnight parking prohibition on residential streets.
“I think the actions of the parking officer were predatory, to say the least. I have lived on this street for 21 years and can say that space for permit parking holders is not at a premium, as it may be on some other streets.”
It looks to us as if the grace period is more fairy tale than fairness.
How many people have been dinged while visiting a friend who lives where there’s no parking after midnight? It’s hard to beef about a ticket issued an hour after the prohibition began, but two minutes?
If the city was sincere, shouldn’t 10 minutes of mercy be extended to tax-paying homeowners and their guests?
Or is it about wringing every last dime out of drivers by using parking tickets as an indirect tax?
City council, which started this ball rolling, should ensure the spirit of the grace period is reflected in its parking policies and extend it to situations where a break would only be fair.
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