Have workers in Saskatoon's downtown core found the ticket to cheaper daily parking? I think so! So does today's report in the Star Phoenix. Instead of plugging the meter for $2/hour of parking with a 2 hour limit parking commissionaires and downtown business owners are starting to notice something unusual. The same vehicles keep parking in the same spots and keep getting parking tickets day after day. If you pay your ticket within 14 days the cost is only $10 however they are looking at a minimum payment of $20 to try to help dissuade people from using meters as their daily personal parking spot. The $20 minimum does make sense if the meter could generate $18 a day for the 9 hour period of pay parking.
There has been an increase of 21% in the number of tickets at expired meters this year so this gives evidence that the minimum fine is not high enough. While I don't agree with having to pay more for the 1-2 times a year a meter runs out on me because I am tied up possibly showing a condo for sale in downtown Saskatoon or simply just get tied up in a store I do agree that something should be done as it can be very frustrating to try to find a parking spot downtown. I am almost certain that I have received TWO tickets when I was much younger when I neglected to pick up my vehicle after a night out and left it for more than 2 hours in one spot. Maybe that would be a better solution to those chronic parking meter abusers.
As a Saskatoon real estate agent I am fortunate that I don't often need to park downtown but at times I am showing condos for sale in Saskatoon in our downtown core and I do find it a hassle as sometimes we end up rushing for fear of our meters running out.
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