New numbers just released by the City of Ottawa show that parking ticket revenue is at a record high. More than 370,000 tickets were issued in 2012 which brought in revenue of about $19 million.
“That’s pretty extreme,” said Margaret Pearcy. “I guess the city needs the money, that’s all I can think of.”
60,000 more tickets were issued in 2012 than 2011.
A bylaw official said the jump can be attributed to construction, snow removal and a new system that lets private parking lot operators write city parking tickets (A new by-law in put into place February 1, 2012 allows private parking officers to hand out City of Ottawa parking tickets at private lots).
Some drivers think the city should be more lenient when it comes to issuing tickets.
“If you’re double parking or in a fire zone then for sure,” said Tammy Hoogsteen. “…But this is a big city and everything takes time here as we all know living in the city you’re always running late for a couple minutes here or there we have to have some kind of give.”
Some of the tickets issued in 2012 included more than 74,000 for parking in a no parking or stopping zone, 72,000 for parking in a designated zone and 16,000 for drivers blocking access to sidewalks.
The 370,000 tickets issued in 2012 translate into more than 1,000 tickets per day.
“There’s a lot of traffic in the city of Ottawa and not enough places to park so I’m really not surprised with 1,000 tickets a day,” said Shirley Black.
Many drivers encourage others to obey posted time limits to avoid a penalty.
“You could probably park there for longer than two hours and get away with it but two hours is what the sign says so you should just do what the sign says,” said Drew Leclerc.