The city’s transportation director says the Winnipeg Parking Authority will immediately stop issuing tickets in the first two hours of downtown Saturday parking, citing unclear stickers on parking meters.
Dave Wardrop sent an email late Christmas Eve to councillors and Mayor Brian Bowman acknowledging the change after CBC News broke the story about people being ticketed in the Exchange District Saturday, Dec. 23.
“Until such time as we’ve achieved proper clarity, the WPA will not be issuing tickets within the first two hours on Saturdays in the immediate future,” the email stated.
The confusion stems from a sticker on all downtown parking meters that says, “2 hours complimentary on Saturday.” A Winnipeg resident says she witnessed cars being ticketed and asked the parking attendant handing out tickets why, since she believed the first two hours of parking were free.
She said the attendant told her that wasn’t the case and to check the city of Winnipeg’s website, which had the rule posted under Meter Payment Methods.
“The Winnipeg Parking Authority offers two-hour complimentary parking on Saturdays when maximum on-street paid parking time is purchased,” a City of Winnipeg spokesperson said in an emailed statement to CBC.
“The two-hour complimentary on-street parking offer applies at any time between 0800 and 1730 on Saturday and starts immediately following the maximum paid parking purchase. There have been no changes in terms of this policy, which was approved by council in 2012.”
That was news to North Kildonan Coun. Jeff Browaty, who said the first two hours of downtown parking have always been free and then people paid for an additional two hours, not the other way around.
“We haven’t charged for parking on Saturdays downtown for as long as I can remember, two hours of complimentary parking on-street,” said Browaty, adding after two…