It’s a new option for parking overnight on city streets that may prove to be a lot more convenient for Londoners.
During Wednesday’s meeting of the Civic Works Committee, Councillors will take a look at a staff recommendation that would allow people to park up to 15 times per vehicle plate for free on city streets.
After 15 free passes, they’d have to buy a pass.
The city would notify residents of any parking cancellations because of the weather or road maintenance and the paid portion of the plan wouldn’t come into effect until 2017.
Councillor Michael van Holst said neighbourhoods will have input.
“If a street wants to have overnight parking, they can just let the city know, and when someone applies for it, it will show up on the app that it’s a possibility,” he said. “If the street has opted out of the restriction relaxation, then there would be no permit available on their street.”
van Holst acknowledged that there will be a drop in revenue from fines, but said he’s okay with that.
“Because of the pilot project from September 1st to November 1st, we brought in $200,000 less in fines but my rule of thumb is ‘fewer fines is fine,'” he said. “I’m not worried, I really don’t think it’s right to fine people unnecesarrily.”
Over the past four years, fines issued to vehicles parked on the street between 3a.m. and 5a.m. have generated $2.5 million in revenue for City Hall.
Wednesday’s meeting starts at 4p.m.