Calgary Parking Authority

Calgary Parking Authority

November 27, 2013 12:36 ET

Calgary Parking Authority: November 28 is Accessible Parking Awareness Day

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 27, 2013) - 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 with disabilities. Starting November 28 and running through the month of December, the CPA will step up its patrols of accessible parking spaces. During this campaign, officers will check to make sure that vehicles display either a valid parking placard or a designated license plate.

"We are asking Calgarians to look carefully for accessible signs this holiday season to ensure they do not park in a designated stall," said Troy McLeod, CPA General Manager. "It is very important to leave these spaces for those who truly need them."

From January 1 to November 15, 2013, 5,701 tickets have been issued for unauthorized parking in a designated stall. Last year, a total of 7,075 tickets were issued, with 719 tickets issued in December alone.

"We're asking Calgarians to extend their Stampede spirit through the winter season and not use accessible parking spaces, even for a minute," said Darby Lee Young, Chair of the Accessible Transportation Subcommittee. "Especially during winter, snow and ice create significant hazards for those in wheelchairs or those with physical disabilities."

The fine for parking illegally in an accessible stall is $200 if paid within 10 days, $250 if paid within 30 days and $300 after 30 days. The fines were raised in January 2010 and were previously $150.

Citizens are encouraged to report vehicles who have parked illegally in designated accessible stalls to Enforcement Services by calling 403-537-7100, option 2.

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The Calgary Parking Authority fulfills the City of Calgary's parking mandates and implements the municipality's parking policies by managing on and off-street public parking facilities, enforcement programs and by providing parking advisory services.

Each year the CPA contributes a portion of its net revenue to the City. In addition, the CPA spends $1M administering the residential parking permit program at no cost to taxpayers and operates parking enforcement services and the municipal impound lot on a break-even basis. The CPA operates without using any municipal tax revenues.

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