July 23, 2013 - 11:40 AM
PENTICTON - Canada's veterans should have more leeway when it comes to free parking, the Penticton Veterans' Association said.
Spokepersons Alan Kidd and Robert Horkoff want council to consider allowing veterans with veteran license plates more free time on city owned parking spaces.
Earlier this year, after a memorial for Captain Jonathan Snyder, many veterans returned to their vehicles to find them "ticketed very heavily," Kidd said. This upset a lot of people.
"We are not asking for all day parking," he said. He feels the veterans would just like a little consideration.
"This is a tough one," Coun. Wesley Hopkin said. He has supported paid parking spaces in the past as it means more turnover in front of store owners' shops. He believes it would be all right to allow veterans more time at parking spots.
"I think people do respect the work they have done and the service they provided for our country."
He said he doesn't think the veterans will clog parking spots and added most people would pay to cover the costs of veterans' parking.
This issue will come back to council for further discussion in the future.
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Penticton Veterans' Association wants more free parking consideration given to those with veteran license plates. (License plate text has been deliberately blurred out)
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