WINNIPEG – If you get a parking ticket and decide you want to challenge it, there’s now a new way to do that.
You’ll no longer have to go to Provincial Court. Instead, you will go to a City screening officer at the Winnipeg Parking Authority on Portage Avenue. You can also get a screening online.
If the result is unsatisfactory, you can go for a second level of review through a provincially-appointed adjudicator, for a fee of $25, which will be refunded if you win your challenge.
Now when it comes to the subject of tickets, Todd Dube of Wise Up Winnipeg thinks the city gets away with exploiting poor engineering, especially when it comes to photo radar.
“It is specifically where photo enforcements target, those areas or stretches of road that have the most deficient engineering,” Dube explains. “When we talk about deficient engineering we’re talking about three things: the speed limit itself; the speed reduction signage, which is critical especially if you have a speed limit that’s not properly set. Thirdly, and something totally unique to Winnipeg, is this four-second static amber policy.”
It’s that third point that Dube has the biggest issue with, because he says Winnipeg is the only city that doesn’t fluctuate the length of amber lights to reflect differences in speed limits. High-speed zone or residential neighbourhood, an amber will last four seconds no matter where you are in Winnipeg.
“Anywhere from five to six seconds is what it should be, and having it short is purely dangerous,” Dube says. “Their own data reflects that they issue 800 per cent more red light running tickets in those 80 km/h zones than they do in all of the other intersections in the city where four seconds would be adequate.”
Dube says the changes made in the parking ticket appeal process are a good step in the right direction because it gives drivers a better way to give their side of the story.