Manitoba

Winnipeg's most ticketed drivers and top parking patrol officers

Each day, the Winnipeg Parking Authority slides around 350 tickets under the windshield wipers of unsuspecting motorists.
Winter parking tickets plow lots of money into the city's coffers. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC)

Each day, the Winnipeg Parking Authority (WPA) slides around 350 tickets under the windshield wipers of unsuspecting motorists. 

In 2013, 143 479 tickets were handed out, totalling $7.74 million in revenues for the city's coffers. 

While most people learn their lesson after feeling the sting of a ticket, there exists an exclusive group of drivers who appear to simply brush them off and carry on.

Most ticketed vehicles

According to parking ticket data provided by the WPA, since 2012, the most ticketed vehicle in Winnipeg received a whopping 164 parking offences.

CBC Manitoba managed to track down the sixth-most ticketed driver in the city.

Lorne Johannson, a delivery truck driver for UPS, has been working in the core area of Winnipeg for over 14 years. 

"The most I had in one day is four tickets in a day. I swear as I was driving along, the [parking officers] were following me around," jokes Johannson

Since 2012, he's received 93 tickets, worth potentially over $7 000 in fines — a cost covered by his employer, says Johannson.   

"I'm always double parking every day. So essentially I'm leaving myself open to getting tickets every day."  

The WPA said that for some people, it comes down to a cost-benefit analysis. 

"There are a number of people who figure for them it's easier to just park illegally, get the ticket and pay the ticket," explains Colin Stewart, special projects manager with the WPA.

The ticket Tzar

The data provided by the city also showed that the parking authority's top ticket officer wrote 5,434 tickets in 2013. Officer #562W generated potentially $511,390 in revenues for the city last year alone. 

The most heavily ticketed area for the ticket Tzar: Osborne Village, with River Avenue, Stradbrook Avenue and Roslyn Road being his most ticketed roads.  

The Winnipeg Parking Authority says they employ 52 parking enforcement officers, 18 of which work the downtown beat at any given time.