Imagine a parking ticket-free city

The City of Red Deer issues about 24,000 parking tickets per year, but the new provincial license plate search fees will result in reduced revenue.

This apparently is a concern as the City has identified this as a ‘loss of income’.

Instead of seeing parking tickets as another source of revenue, one would have hoped that the City’s chief objective is to issue no parking tickets at all. Imagine a city where its citizens always put enough money in parking meters, where drivers respected the yellow and blue curb, and where parking in a bus zone would never happen.

Utopia? Perhaps.

Yet, Red Deer City could make a step towards this ideal through simple means: follow the lead of other Canadian cities that identify bus zones more clearly by painting the curb red.

Emma Marsh

Red Deer