Calgary Parking Authority

Calgary Parking Authority

November 24, 2010 12:08 ET

Calgary Parking Authority: November 25 is Accessible Parking Awareness Day

Fines for parking in accessible stalls to increase on January 1, 2011

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 24, 2010) - The Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) is asking motorists to leave designated parking spaces for people with disabilities and reminding them that the fines for parking illegally in accessible stalls will increase in the New Year.

"As we approach the holiday season, we ask Calgarians to be considerate and leave the accessible parking spaces for those who need them," said Dale Fraser CPA General Manager. "We also want to let them know that parking illegally in an accessible stall will be even more expensive in the New Year."

Beginning January 1, the fine for parking illegally in an accessible stall will be $200 if paid within 10 days, $250 if paid within 30 days and $300 after that time. The current fine is $150 if paid within 10 days, $200 if paid within 30 days and $250 after that time.

"Our campaign is designed to educate people about why these parking spaces are necessary and let them know the consequences of parking illegally in a designated stall," said Fraser.

Each year the CPA undertakes a month-long Accessible Parking Awareness campaign. Starting November 25 and running through the month of December, the CPA will step up its patrols of parking stalls for people with disabilities. During the campaign, officers also check to make sure that vehicles display either a valid parking placard or designated license plate.

"This is typically the time of year when people are more likely to take a chance and park illegally in a designated stall while they run an errand or shop. We want to remind people that a snap decision could be costly," said Fraser.

In January 2009, 450 people received tickets for parking illegally in a designated stall.

From January 1 to November 22, 2010, 5,145 tickets were issued for unauthorized parking in a designated stall. In 2009, a total of 4,383 tickets were issued for the year.

The Calgary Parking Authority asks you to think before you park and leave designated parking stalls for those who need them.

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