Fines for illegal parking in Coquitlam laneways could soon triple, jumping from $50 to upwards of $175.
Those suggestions were made Monday by a pair of council members after a presentation by Mariner Way resident Mario Spuganlo outlined the traffic crunch in the lane adjacent to his home.
Spuganlo said parking in the area gets congested to the point that garbage and fire trucks can’t make it through the laneway.
“It’s become a real problem. It’s real concerning,” he said.
Because Spuganlo’s home fronts onto Mariner Way, his back lane is his primary access to his property. He noted that fire trucks were delayed in attending a fire in the back lane five years ago due to the parking crunch.
The city’s laneway parking bylaw states that vehicles must leave at least a three-metre buffer for other vehicles to pass through. The fine associated with the bylaw is $50, or $25 if paid within 14 days.
If the violation poses a life-safety risk, the vehicle can be towed.
Both Coun. Mae Reid and Mayor Richard Stewart suggested that those fines be increased, and issued on a sliding scale for repeat offenders.
“Clearly, I think we’re going to need a review of this particular strategy,” Stewart said.
Acting manager of engineering and public works Ian Radnidge noted that his department is looking at reviewing the parking strategy.
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