HALIFAX - With a calendar of summer events ahead, some municipal politicians are questioning how parking laws are enforced during community events.
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A city parking meter.
The issue of parking infractions came up during the audit and finance standing committee‚Äôs meeting on Wednesday.
‚ÄúIt wouldn‚Äôt bother me to see fewer parking tickets issued, when I come out of Greek Fest and other places,‚ÄĚ said Mayor Mike Savage. ‚ÄúI wonder what exactly is the mandate we give our parking enforcement.‚ÄĚ
Nearly 180,000 parking tickets were issued in the 2013-14 fiscal year, generating $4.3 million in revenue. That‚Äôs an increase from $3.9 million the year before, when just over 181,000 tickets were handed out.
The director of community and recreation services said that increase is not due to a change in mandate.
‚ÄúThere is no quota,‚ÄĚ Brad Anguish told the committee. ‚ÄúThe goal is the keep parking turnover high, the signs adhered to, so that the parking availability is there for every citizen.‚ÄĚ
Parking Enforcement doles out tickets based on signage and zoning. The company Securitas held the contract before the city signed Independent Security Service Atlantic in April.
Coun. Gloria McCluskey said HRM could show a little more leniency without compromising safety.
She said parking enforcement officers could cut some slack for drivers whose cars are parked for funerals and graduation ceremonies.
‚ÄúWhen there is a big event going on, if you‚Äôre not blocking a fire hydrant, or a driveway, what‚Äôs the big deal?‚ÄĚ she asked.