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In effect, the permit holders have complete rights to 100% of all private parking (surface or underground), plus complete rights to 85% of all street parking, plus equal rights as visitors to the remaining 15% of all remaining parking spots. Isn't that a bit much?
A visitor cannot park all day in a visitor spot in the West End. The tiny 15% that is allocated to visitors is 2 hours only during the day. After six p.m. a visitor can park overnight, but so can anyone with a resident permit, so these spaces disappear instantly.
This was ticketed for not moving for street cleaning recently.
It's been moved a car-length or two twice in a couple of years.
Permits are only available to folks who have their cars registered with a West End address. There are very limited locations where you can actually get these permits. There are no permits available for rental cars nor do they have any sort of resident privileges like MODO. As a result, if I rent a car and need to park overnight, it's almost impossible to find a spot. I've spent up to 45 minutes driving around and around looking for something, often ending up blocks from my home while there is empty permit parking available right outside my door.
So, how about some constructive suggestions?
Revise the ratio of permit to non-permit parking to something more reasonable, like 70% resident / 30% visitor.
Having intelligently adjusted the 85/15 ratio to 70/30, change the rule for the 30% so that residential permit holders cannot park in that 30% AT ANY TIME. After all, they already have 100% of all private and 70% of all on-street parking, enough is enough, give the rest of us a break.
Raise the price of an on-street parking permit to at least, say, $365.00 a year (only $1.00 per day). This will give the on-street car storage dickheads an incentive not to leave their piece of crap out there for months on end. What's a buck a day? If you're not driving it get rid of it.
Give the city's eager parking enforcers the right to mark and tow away any vehicle that is clearly stored and not parked on the road. These people have parking passes, not storage licences. A vehicle that hasn't moved in a month or more, or that hasn't been moved as required for street cleaning or tree limbing, should qualify for towing.
Allow rental cars (just like MODO co-op cars) the right to park in any residential permit zone in Vancouver. Folks aren't going to go out and rent a car just to get free parking, they rent when they have to. This would be a simple matter of creating a rental car permit sticker, perhaps, and golly gee get another sourch of revenue for the Mare from car rental companies that want their fleet to have this privilege.
Sell one-use-only resident parking passes that can be purchased in advance (when the permit sellers are actually open, and at my convenience not theirs) and then punched to show current date and/or time, and left in the car's window to allow parking in a permit zone. This would allow visitors with un-permitted vehicles to pay for limited use of resident parking. Convenient for residents and visitors alike, because they can be purchased in advance and on hand when needed. This would also be an easy source of brand-new revenue for the city right out of the blue. Just print and sell passes, nothing further required. There are lots of empty resident-only spaces on the street. It's a stroke of genius, just give me 10% of the take.
Oh yes, note that this obscenity is directly in line with the sidewalk coming from the front door of the adjacent apartment. Reaching the street to get in a cab or handivan, for example, is now impossible for the handicapped, and difficult and messy for anybody. But who cares about that in the Mare's office? Nothing will stop the war on cars!