Updated: Sep 8, 2018
Parking tickets – the thin white or yellow strip of paper that nobody likes to see on their windshield.
Mehul Adlakha, Business Development & Marketing at GoParkr
Whether you have taken a risk and parked your car in the wrong place whilst in a rush or overstayed your allotted time and forgotten to add more, the government reaps a fortune each year in dishing out parking fines. But the real problem? There are simply not enough options when it comes to parking – especially with car ownership on the rise, with Canadians are buying more cars each year.
Take Waterloo, for example. The metropolis is buzzing, especially at this time of year, and parking enforcement officers are rife. On average, a ticket is given out every couple of minutes, earning the government an extra revenue of $777 each day. Over the past 5 years, the city of Waterloo has generated over 2.4 million in overnight parking fines along in the summer and fall months. The majority of these tickets are handed out early in the morning between 4am – 5am, when drivers are not aware that parking restrictions are in force, and do not have alternative options to park at. There are also several ticket hot spots in Waterloo such as Lester St, Spruce St, and Marshall St, these streets have ticketed a total of over 13,000 tickets for over half a million dollars in fines.
Nevertheless, there are some temporary solutions. Regarding access to overnight parking in City of Waterloo, the city council has decided to allow each license plate to have 15 days a year for overnight parking on the majority of streets. The driver must register the vehicle along with the proper license plate before 1:30AM on the city website in order to not receive a parking ticket.
While in Kitchener, Conestoga Doon campus has dished out over $750,000 in parking fines over the last 5 years. From statistics, drivers should be careful between 10am and 12pm when parking on the Doon campus.
Kitchener has significantly less overnight parking ticket when compared to Waterloo, since the city allows overnight parking between 11pm to 6am from April 1st to November 30th each year. Outside of that the snow ban is in effect, and car owners cannot park their vehicles overnight, as snow ploughing trucks will be working at overnight.
All this could be made a lot easier though – GoParkr web and mobile app are both coming soon to Waterloo, Kitchener, and Cambridge Tri-Cities regions here in Southern Ontario, meaning drivers will be able to reserve private parking spaces with ease, and sleep easy knowing that they are parked in a secure location away from parking enforcement officers. Nobody likes to get a parking ticket, and we hope to reduce the chance of you getting a ticket down to zero. GoParkr allows drivers to discover, pre-book, and pay for all the parking options that are available, whether it is a driveway, apartment, small business parking lot, or commercial garage. Best of all, you can do all this within a few clicks through our website or mobile app for a truly stress-free parking experience.
Author: Mehul Adlakha, Business Development & Marketing at GoParkr