Ottawa

Parents fuming over summer school bus zone parking tickets

A group of Ottawa parents are upset about a bylaw officer who ticketed them for stopping in a school bus loading zone as they dropped off their children at summer camp.

$90 ticket given for stopping in a school bus loading zone while dropping off children

Parents angry at bylaw officer

7 years ago
Duration 1:38
Parents were ticketed while dropping children off at summer camp, but they say they're targeted.

A City of Ottawa bylaw officer has a group of parents fuming because he handed out $90 tickets as they stopped in a school bus zone to drop off their children at summer camps.

Parents of children attending a camp at École élémentaire catholique Terre-des-Jeunes on Fellows Road, which is near the intersection of Woodroffe Avenue and Baseline Road, say the officer's actions were inappropriate.

Bert Dolcine received a $90 ticket on Tuesday without even leaving his van, he said. The father pulled up to the school bus zone to drop off his two children but the bylaw officer was there waiting and handed him a ticket.

"He told me a school bus could turn up any time. I said, 'where's that hypothetical bus going to come from,'" Dolcine said, as the school year has ended.

This sign says no stopping allowed Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., in front of École élémentaire catholique Terre-des-Jeunes. (Ashley Burke/CBC)
"It's a cash grab. It's alienating the taxpayer, harassing the taxpayer for no valid reason."

Parents told CBC News that the same officer kept handing out tickets to other parents who pulled up to drop off their children. Some said the officer had "an axe to grind" because he was handing out tickets and "was not pleasant."

Rick Chiarelli, the city councillor for the area, said the rash of tickets was unreasonable but it is within the rules.

"They just maintain consistency and ticket everywhere," Chiarelli said.

The councillor did say he wants to amend the bylaw to allow parents to park in school zones during summer months.

Some parents told CBC News they are ready to fight the ticket in court.

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