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Cracking down on illegal parking

Notebooks and pens are cheaper at this time of year, but parents won’t get a deal if they park illegally when dropping their children off at school.

Notebooks and pens are cheaper at this time of year, but parents won’t get a deal if they park illegally when dropping their children off at school.

Parking enforcement officers are beginning a three-week, zero-tolerance parking enforcement campaign around schools to get drivers in the habit of parking legally.

“With parents trying to get their kids to school, we tend to see an increase in illegal parking,” said Josh Puchailo, acting parking enforcement co-ordinator.

The yearly campaign also focuses on the residential neighbourhoods, bus zones and emergency access routes around post-secondary institutions.

Parents dropping children off for school should park legally down the street from the school and walk their children to the door. Post-secondary students are advised to park in their college or university’s parking lot or walk, bike or take transit.

Vehicles parked illegally in these areas will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense without warning. During last September’s campaign, officers handed out more than 1,000 tickets of the 8,500 written during the year. The city also towed dozens of vehicles around schools and post-secondary institutions.

 
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