Nearly 1,300 Calgarians had the snow on their windshields replaced with a parking ticket Tuesday during the first few hours of the city’s snow route parking ban.
Between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m., the Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) issued 1,290 tickets, an improvement over the first snow event in December when more than 4,000 warnings were distributed.
“Anecdotally, we’ve seen a slight improvement to compliance, but there still are vehicles on the road that we’re issuing tags to,” said CPA manager Troy McLeod.
Spokesperson for the city’s roads department, Sean Somers, said the city has the ability to enforce the parking ban for up to 72 hours, but depending on the weather, it could be lifted whenever roads are clear.
“Certainly, if we can lift the ban sooner than the 72 hours, we’ll do that,” he said. “It’s unlikely that it will last 72 hours, but we’ll have to wait and see. My crystal ball is dirty.”
The snow route parking ban was initially declared at 9 a.m. Tuesday.