The City of Winnipeg could soon be facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit over tickets handed out to drivers.
Local group Wise Up Winnipeg is planning to file a class action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of Winnipeggers given tickets during “Know Your Zone” parking bans for snow plowing.
The city has admitted some tickets handed out under that bylaw were actually illegal because of the province of Manitoba’s Highway Traffic Act.
That act states the city must put up signs to warn drivers to move their cars. The city used to do that but now requires drivers to simply “know” their own zone when it is being plowed.
While the city has admitted the mistake, it has refused to provide any refunds to drivers. City lawyers say they aren’t required to provide refunds for drivers who voluntarily pleaded guilty and paid their fines.
Wise Up Winnipeg says they have to give people back their money and they can prove it in court.
Todd Dube heads up the group and says data provided to him under Freedom of Information legislation shows roughly 33,000 tickets have been handed out in the past few years.
He says the lawsuit will be seeking a total of roughly $3.3 million dollars in damages.
He expects it to be filed sometime early in February, unless the city agrees to refund the money.