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Jubilee area not targeted for ticketing, office says

May 17 2012

South Jubilee wasn't being targeted by a commissionaire for special enforcement when a flurry of tickets were written last Friday, says Commissionaires CEO John Dewar.

"There was a complaint made and they [commissionaires] respond to complaints on residential streets," Dewar said.

Dewar was responding to complaints from some Duchess Street residents who said their neighbourhood was being singled out.

The residents told the Times Colonist that about 30 cars in their neighbourhood were issued $30 tickets late Friday morning in an area posted as residential-only parking. Many of the ticketed cars belonged to residents.

They found it unusual because they are long-term residents who haven't received tickets for some time. Some were also upset the onus fell on them to correct the mistake.

The belief that the city and the parking review office is issued a list of plates from ICBC or any other agency is not true, Dewar said.

However, if someone contacts the parking review office with their address, or the plate numbers of visitors or trades people, they will be kept on file to hopefully avoid wrongful ticketing, he said.

"It's not very sophisticated. It's on a spread sheet. When the commissionaire is in the area responding to a complaint, he looks at the spread sheet and says: 'This one is registered on the street,' " Dewar said.

Residents can contact the parking review office with the infraction number and proof of residency to have tickets cancelled, he said.

Dewar said that his records show 12 vehicles were ticketed in response to a complaint on the morning that the Duchess Street residents cited.

Normally when a complaint is registered, specific vehicles are cited. In this case, that didn't happen.

Mayor Dean Fortin said enforcement of parking in residential-only areas can be difficult but he doesn't foresee a return to residential parking stickers.

"Generally, the fundamental problem is not so much with residents," Fortin said. "The problem with residential stickers - and the biggest complaint - is from people who are legitimately visiting people on those streets and they're the ones who are targeted. So there's no way to really make that work effectively.

"It's a little bit threatening to see the ticket and it's irritating to have to go and get rid of it, but I don't know of a better system right now."

bcleverley@timescolonist.com

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