Markham parking bylaws
Posted by peeterjoot on November 4, 2013
In What is the justification for such a harsh and expensive bylaw?, I’d posted a letter to my Markham city councillor. To my surprise, the response was both hopeful, and helpful:
I can sympathize with you on this as it’s also happened to me when I forgot to move my car into my driveway. I recently had a meeting with the commissioner and By-Law manager to discuss the situation in Cornell as I’m not happy with the over zealous enforcement. As a result of that meeting, the city is preparing a report for council to request funds to undertake a wholesome review of the parking situation right across the city. This will examine on street parking, permits and snow removal etc. I expect a report back sometime in the spring.
While the above is too late for your current situation, I hope you intend to come over to the civic centre and request some relief from the parking adjudicator. He works very day from noon until 4 pm and Thursday nights from 5-7pm as well. Usually, you can get at least a 50% reduction.
I sincerely hope that we can get some improvements to the overall situation sometime next year and I ask for your patience while we work on it.
We see bureaucracy at work in full force here, with a report required to make a report. However, perhaps on review, there will be a decision for less parking extortion in Markham. I’m not holding my breath, since this form of indirect taxation is probably a nice cash cow.
The suggestion to see the parking adjudicator was a good one, and I was immediately able to get a 50% reduction, seemingly just for showing up and objecting. It’s not obvious that this would have been an action I could take, since the ticket enumerated only two options: 1) pay, or 2) request a trial date.