‘Unfair’ ticket hot spots identified

Crusader, city enforcer unite to show top five traps

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Winnipeg’s traffic-ticket crusader teamed up with one of the Winnipeg Parking Authority’s own parking-ticket enforcers Saturday to blow the whistle on the top five parking-ticket traps.

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Winnipeg’s traffic-ticket crusader teamed up with one of the Winnipeg Parking Authority’s own parking-ticket enforcers Saturday to blow the whistle on the top five parking-ticket traps.

The pair took the Free Press along to let motorists in on the bait zones and stop parking where ticket enforcers lay in wait to hand out costly tickets every weekday.

Todd Dube, the crusader behind Wise Up Winnipeg — an advocacy group that fights traffic tickets — is convinced the city’s parking-ticket system is unfairly stacked against drivers.

ZACHARY PRONG / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Parking signs on Kennedy Street at a location identified by a Winnipeg Parking Authority ticket officer as being one of the most highly ticketed in the city. He says it isn’t clear if the loading zone is for handicapped drivers only.

Teaming up with the traffic-ticket officer was Dube’s way to signal how wrong he believes the province got the latest fix for the backlog of traffic tickets clogging up provincial courts.

As of Monday, a new system — first announced by the Selinger government in 2013 — takes effect.

Winnipeggers upset about parking tickets will plead their cases before city screening officers instead of provincial justices of the peace.

KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS files A parking ticket is issued in 2009. An advocate says he sees a ‘bureaucratic disconnect.’

City officials promise the changes will save motorists time and energy when they challenge their parking tickets and prove to be more efficient and quicker for everyone.

The system bypasses the courts, relieving the pressure on justices of the peace, saving the time it takes to hold a trial in provincial court and removing the expense and delay of court proceedings.

Dube isn’t buying any of the rationale.

ZACHARY PRONG / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Todd Dube in front of parking signs on Donald Street he says are unnecessarily confusing.

“The fact is it was already hard enough to go to traffic court. … If you went to court there’d be lineups out the door,” Dube said.

“You’d go in, pick a number and there’d be 60 people ahead of you. You’d wait hours. It was painful,” he said.

“This makes it much more difficult, and there are two issues here: the city’s own department evaluates your challenge; and if you appeal it, it’s going to cost you $25. That’s not justice.”

‘When you know you can count on a spot to issue a ticket, that’s unfair’– Todd Dube 

The parking authority employee didn’t want to be identified but he says he’s brought the unfair parking spots to officials’ attention time and again only to be rebuffed, so he’s speaking up through Wise Up.

“These are the five locations where you can hand out $300 in parking tickets in less than an hour,” the man told Dube.

“When you know you can count on a spot to issue a ticket, that’s unfair,” Dube said.

The employee said he’s urged the parking authority to correct the confusing signage, prune back tree limbs that hide signs that show limits on parking times and spots and repaint parking lines to show parking spots more clearly.

alexandra.paul@freepress.mb.ca

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