The city debates handicap parking fines.

This comes after Lori Slater, the chair of The Mayor’s Disability Advisory Committee, declared the $50.00 fine given to those who do not have the corresponding sticker is nothing more than a “drop in the bucket”.

“I think the higher fine; as long as it is enforced, would be a huge deterrent,” Slater said. “…As long as someone parks there and there’s a fine of $500, that fine will be paid… it need to be higher.”

Slater also says the worst comes during the winter season, when the snow covers accessibility spaces and local businesses aren’t keeping the handicap sign, if any, in the upright position.

“People can park in their (private business) parking lot all year but as soon as it’s winter time, and that paint is covered, ‘oh I didn’t know that was a handicap spot’,” Slater explained. 

The city has proclaimed June 7 as “Access Awareness Day”, allowing elderly and handicap residents to ride the bus free of charge, in an effort to build a more accessible community.

City staff is now looking at options for increasing the fine and will report their recommendations back to council at an upcoming meeting.

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