Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Parking illiegally in a disabled spot can result in a $250 fine.
The City of Whitehorse will start issuing fines Wednesday to motorists who
illegally park in disabled parking spots, including on privately-owned
parking lots and shopping malls.
Rick Goodfellow, chair of the city’s Persons with Disabilities Advisory
Committee, said he hopes the $250 fine will serve as a deterrent to those
who park in those spots without a permit. “We’ve had unbelievable issues at
the Qwanlin Mall and that’s been going on for years and years,” said
Goodfellow. “Superstore is another one that’s just awful.”
He said disabled drivers sometimes have deep snow to contend with and the
reserved spots near a doorway are a much-needed convenience. “It’s one thing
to be close to the door and of course when you get a lot of snow on the
ground like we do here that’s a big deal, but as well for people who have
side lifts, side ramps on their vehicles, they need to make sure that you
have enough room to get back into it.”
City officials have issued 20 warning tickets to motorists in advance of the
new Sept. 1 law. Whitehorse city manager Dennis Shewfelt said signs have
been prominently displayed, warning anyone without a permit that there are
new fines in place.
“We’ll see how it works, I think this is probably going to be effective but
we’ll have to wait and see what happens.”