Residents in south Calgary came away from last week’s snow-route parking ban unscathed as no tickets were handed out in any of the four southernmost wards.
Wards 11, 12, 13 and 14 ‘ all in south Calgary ‘ were able to avoid ticketing during the less than 24-hour ban that began on March 6.
Those in other wards in the city were issued anywhere from 40 tickets in Ward 8 to the highest number in Ward 7, where 271 tickets were issued.
“The reason the north has higher non-compliance is we worked closely with road crews, and the north part of the city had heavier snowfall accumulations,” explained Calgary Parking Authority manager Troy McLeod.
McLeod said the 90 per cent compliance with a snow-route parking ban is roughly the same as the number of Calgarians obeying parking restrictions during an average day.
“We thought that was a pretty good response, especially when it’s something that’s infrequent,” he said.
Although no tickets were issued in his ward, Ald. Shane Keating said he plans to suggest some changes to the new parking-ban program, including potentially issuing the ban on a quadrant-by-quadrant basis.
“The southeast is vastly different than the northwest when it comes to snowfall,” he said.
With the most tickets issued in Ward 7, Ald. Druh Farrell said she, too, thinks some tweaking is needed.
“It was always the intent to review and fine-tune.”