Parking authority increases patrols of disabled stalls
More than 6,100 tickets handed out so far this year to people who are illegally parked in Calgary
Posted: Nov 28, 2012 12:22 PM MT
Last Updated: Nov 28, 2012 12:21 PM MT
The Calgary Parking Authority is stepping up its patrols of disabled parking stalls.
It has handed out more than 6,100 tickets so far this year to people who are illegally parked.
CPA says the problem tends to get worse during the busy holiday season.
"It is frustrating," said Kelly Nadeau, who chairs the advisory committee on accessibility with the City of Calgary.
"The word is not sinking in. We wouldn't park at a fire hydrant ... so we should not park in a parking stall that's designated for a person that needs access."
Nadeau says people with disabilities aren't always able to get out of their vehicles in regular parking stalls.
"This is why [disabled parking stalls] are designed the way they are with the space so that a van can lower their accessible ramps to let people out and into their vehicles so they have access ... to the stores they might be going to," he said.
Tickets for parking illegally in an acccessible stall start at $200.
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