Buscador de Noticias Mundial. La mas completa informacion para todos los usuarios en todos los idiomas.



Parking ticket riles resident, blames 'confusing' street sweeping signage

Nearly 3,000 Calgarians have found out these past few weeks just how expensive a pebble can be. 

Since the start of the street sweeping program on April 3, the Calgary Parking Authority has issued a combined 5,101 tickets and short-tows for those who did not move their vehicles for street sweepers. 

At $120 per ticket, it’s an expensive lesson in remembering to move your vehicle. The City of Calgary ensures there is signage in the communities with posted dates and times, so residents know when to make sure they are not in the way of the street sweepers. 

But one Abbeydale resident said the signage was confusing. Rob Rains recently received a parking ticket in the mail because he did not move his vehicle. According to Rains, he did not know his specific street was going to be swept because there were only six to seven signs on the main arteries of the community. 

“Lots of us didn’t take notice because when you have a sign only on the main artery, that doesn’t mean you’re going to clean the entire community does it?”

City of Calgary roads crew member Richard Withers drove his street sweeping unit along Portland Road SE on March 9, 2015. 

For Rains, the street sweeping days are a big deal. He doesn’t have a driveway or back alley to back onto, so he either makes arrangements to use a neighbour’s driveway or park in the nearby school parking lot. 

“We watch for the sweepers coming. My neighbour and I go out, we move our vehicles, the sweeper comes by and sweeps everything, we put our vehicles back,” said Rains.

Rains believes there wasn’t enough signage in Abbeydale, so he decided to check out the neighbouring community of Marlborough Park to see what was set up there. He said there was signage all over the community, with signs on every street. 

Related

However, in an email statement, the city said they are not aware of any abnormalities or issues with the signage in Abbeydale. 

There were several formal parking bans in Marlborough Park. Three-foot high parking bans signs were posted in addition to larger community signs. The parking ban signs indicate that ticketing and towing will occur whereas the community signs indicate only ticketing will occur. 

The city said according to CPA standards, the signage in Abbeydale was sufficient. The more abundant three-foot parking ban signs are selected based on previous low compliance levels that are noted by the city crew. The parking ban signs are placed in those specific areas due to the cost of crews going back to re-sweep. 

Street sweeping for residential areas is scheduled to end June 1.

ajunker@postmedia.com

On Twitter: @JunkerAnna 

FUENTE:

http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/parking-ticket-riles-resident-blames-confusing-street-sweeping-signage