January 09, 2015 - 7:30 PM
VERNON - Vernon currently has the shortest grace period among nearby communities when it comes to expired parking meters, but that could be about to change.
City council will vote on changing the grace period to five minutes from the current two next Monday to make downtown Vernon more customer friendly. City staff reviewed other cities in the region to see what kind of grace periods they offer, and learned Vernon is on the low end.
Penticton offers three minutes for metered parking and ten minutes for parking lots that have permit dispensers. Kelowna provides three minutes and Kamloops five minutes. Staff also looked at grace periods in North Vancouver, where 10 minutes are given, Richmond, five minutes, and Whiterock, 10 minutes.
Bylaw estimates reprogramming the meters would cost around $3,200.
Revenue from parking violations brings in over $225,000 a year.
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