A parking app meant to ease the lives of drivers across the Canada has rolled out to Winnipeg.
Imperial Parking Canada Corporation (Impark) has flipped the switch locally on hangTag. The app locates parking facilities on a map, allowing motorists to view lot details, get driving directions and pay for parking without going to the meter.
Parking scofflaws who have been avoiding paying their traffic tickets for more than six years are off the hook.
The City of Winnipeg is no longer going after the outstanding tickets due to realizing it was not complying with the Summary Convictions Act.
“As soon as the issue was brought to our attention, we began investigating and worked to find a solution,” said Michael Jack, the city’s COO.
“In addition to the changes being made to the parking ticket process, vehicles that have been impounded due to unpaid parking tickets are being released to their owners, and collection will no longer be pursued on outstanding parking tickets that were issued more than six years ago.”
Days of blowing and drifting snow will have city crews hitting Winnipeg streets beginning tonight.
A snow route parking ban is in effect between midnight and 7 a.m. on main routes, bus routes and collector streets.
Sanding is continuing on regional streets, along with collector and bus routes. Spot plowing and sanding on residential streets is also taking place, as well as on sidewalks and active transportation pathways.
The City of Winnipeg is changing when it issues tickets to vehicles parked in zones where snow-clearing operations are taking place. The change comes as a judge recently quashed a ticket brought forward by Todd Dube of Wise Up Winnipeg.
Dube argued in November that the ticket he received was invalid because the city didn’t place signs nearby warning homeowners. The city did not oppose the appeal and the case was dismissed.
Now the city will only issue tickets from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. in accordance with Manitoba’s Highway Traffic Act. Only tickets issued during this time — and without signage nearby — are permitted. The city’s previous parking bans extended beyond those hours.