Parking etiquette: City of Leduc to focus on lowering the stats

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Leduc Enforcement Services experienced a small jump with the number of files relating to parking issues in 2019, over the previous year: 605 files compared to 509.

“Our overall vehicle offences account for 1,206 of the total 2,906 files generated in 2019,” says Sgt. Michael Stadnyk with Leduc Enforcement Services. “We’re seeing more people reaching out to us to report the challenges they’re seeing, whether it’s within their neighbourhood or throughout their travels within Leduc.”

Warmer weather on Leduc’s doorstep, so more and more people will be leaving their winter sanctuary at home to step out and enjoy the outdoors. With that, Leduc Enforcement Services (LES) would like to educate citizens and motorists on parking etiquette based on the types of calls they receive:

  • Parking on park land and greenspaces
  • Parking longer than 72 hours as outlined in the Traffic Safety Act is considered an abandoned vehicle
  • Parking illegally blocking fire hydrants, residential driveways, sidewalks and disabled stalls
  • Parking in a way that obstructs a motorist’s view at an intersection

“Each report we receive is treated individually and we do our utmost to work with residents and the subsequent registered owner of the vehicle in question,” says Stadnyk. “It’s our duty to provide information on and enforce the city’s bylaws and the provincial Traffic Safety Act, yet we want to do everything we can to promote careful consideration when motorists go to park their vehicle; think about the location, surrounding area and potential impact on others.”

According to Stadnyk, LES has the discretion to use one of two enforcement tools when dealing with the issue of parking concerns in the community:

What motorists should know about the city’s bylaw:

  • Parking in a disabled stall is prohibited unless the vehicle has clear identification of a placard issued by the Alberta Registrar of Motor Vehicle Services
  • Parking along an identified fire lane/emergency access zone is prohibited unless used by an emergency vehicle
  • Parking on or within five (5) metres of a crosswalk or an intersection is prohibited
  • Parking on a sidewalk or boulevard, or any part of a sidewalk or boulevard, is prohibited

For more information, call 780-980-7200 option 5.

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City of Leduc Enforcement Services is a team of community peace officers (CPOs) appointed by the Alberta Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security. Working closely with the Leduc RCMP, enforcement services work to raise awareness and ensure compliance with city bylaws and select provincial statutes. Visit https://www.leduc.ca/departments/enforcement-services for more information or call them at 780-980-7200 option 5.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Mariann Tobin, Corporate Communications
780–980–7171
mtobin@leduc.ca