Calgary Parking Authority

Calgary Parking Authority

November 13, 2014 11:33 ET

Calgary Parking Authority: November 13 is Accessible Parking Awareness Day

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 13, 2014) - As part of its annual month-long Accessible Parking Awareness campaign, the Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) is asking motorists to leave designated parking spaces for people permitted to use them. Starting November 13 and extending through the month of December, the CPA will step up its patrol of accessible parking spaces, ensuring each vehicle utilizing these spaces has a valid parking placard or designated licence plate.

"The CPA supports equal access to parking and is committed to ensuring this is upheld," says Interim General Manager Wes Hogman. "Let's make mobility as easy as possible for Calgarians requiring these stalls. It's both a courtesy and the law."

"Designated accessible stalls are a necessity for people who need them and not a privilege," says Lauri Brunner of the City of Calgary's Advisory Committee on Accessibility. "Please respect these rules year round, but especially during winter when the elements make it harder and less safe for people with physical disabilities."

From January 1 to November 10th, 3,889 tickets have been issued for unauthorized parking in a designated stall. This is a decrease from last year, which had a total of 6,289 tickets issued, with 384 tickets issued in December alone.

The reduction in this year's tickets can be, in part, attributed to the "Curb the Tickets" initiative the CPA launched in May with support from The City of Calgary. Ten on-street accessible stalls in the downtown had their curbsides painted bright blue to provide another visual identifier to motorists, in addition to the posted signage people are accustomed to seeing. In October, additional 'blue curbs' were painted for a total of twenty.

The fine for parking illegally in an accessible stall is $300. If paid within 10 days the fine is reduced to $200 or is $250 if paid within 30 days. Citizens are encouraged to report illegally parked vehicles to Enforcement Services by calling 403-537-7100, option 2.

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The Calgary Parking Authority is a proud partner of The City of Calgary and is committed to managing publicly-owned on- and off-street parking facilities on The City's behalf. In addition, we manage the municipal parking enforcement program and provide parking advisory services.

Every dollar we collect that exceeds our operational costs is returned to The City of Calgary. Last year we returned more than $2M each month to the municipal general revenue program which funds projects such as recreation centres and pathways and provides funding for community services and public safety programs. The CPA operates without using any municipal tax revenues.

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