Revocation of courtesy parking - letters from individuals
June 25th, 2018
This week the city announced that is taking away one of the few benefits they offer people with disabilities; free parking at any meter for two hours. The new computer system can’t include people with disabilities?
Using "automation" as an excuse to take our free parking away is just an excuse. I told my Councillor's assistant that if their automated drive-by picks me up as non-payment, they can see my placard and hit the delete key. She laughed because it is just that simple. The City said they explored all options for us. They just want our parking $. They used motor vehicles to get to us. So, why not use a new placard with a chip in it. They say this costs money. I asked if the e pay machines are accessible for the disabled. They could not answer. I am certainly not paying $6 to see my counselor. I can buy a cantaloupe, pineapple, loaf of bread and a Timmies for $6. The city gives 25% discount on parking to able bodied people with small cars. But, they want me to pay? The parking placard is provincial so if I live in Calgary I'd get free parking, but not here? Automation is an excuse.