As many West End residents continue to speak out about proposed changes to parking permit rates in their neighbourhood, some feel the City is giving commercial vehicles an unfair break.
West End Parking Strategy
With parking at a premium in the West End, residents want to see something done to free up some spaces.
But a proposed 700 per cent increase in the cost of parking permits has some wondering why the city treats commercial vehicles driven by area residents the same as residential vehicles.
Right now, those permits cost around $80 a year.
A change before council would see the rate increase to $600 a year.
Commercial vehicles taking advantage of rules?
One listener took photos of dozens of commercial vehicles parked in permit zones, including the CKNW news cruiser.
Many of these vehicles are larger vans and trucks, thereby taking up more of the limited space available.
Current rules allow an area resident who drives a commercial vehicle to and from home as part of their job, to obtain a residential permit and pay the same fee.
The city says there are no plans to change that rule, and adds only a small percentage of commercially used vehicles have residential permits.
In fact, out of 6,300 permits issued this year only 71 are for residential vehicles.
More changes proposed
Other proposed changes to the West End’s parking rules would see two-hour parking zones replaced by parking meters, and the conversion of some residential parking to visitor parking.
It would also see the division of the current West End parking permit zone into three distinct areas.
The city believes this will make it easier for people to find parking spaces closer to where they actually live.