Q&A - Passenger Zones in Victoria
I received 5 parking tickets about 2 hours apart each on a work day right outside of my apartment. It is a quiet residential area, and I parked at the curbside where it stated residential parking. I was told by my building manager that it is okay to park there. What I found strange is a section cutoff by a very simple sign states Passenger zone. I have seen my neighbours park there and not got ticketed. Now that I know that they actually enforced the bylaw, and I'm aware of the misunderstanding and misleading information I got from my building manager, I want to know my chance of fighting it in traffic court. I have contacted the city of victoria parking review office, and they would take 2 away, leaving me with 3 fines in total. Now my argument is that, I was at work the whole day and I didn't see them until I got home. I want to pay but not all of them as I was not given a chance to resolve the problem until I got home. There is simply no way for me to know and 5 in a day is very punitive. I have only got 1 throughout my driving history and 5 in a day is a shock to me. The same officer issued 4 tickets to me, and made a note to let the next officer to keep issuing me tickets.
Even if I did violate the bylaw, I think I do deserve a second chance. It is misunderstanding of the signs and an innocent mistake at best. I'm from Vancouver and they have the ending of residential zone and a no parking sign (crossing out P) for loading zone/passenger zone which is very clear and unmistakable in my opinion. It is not a high traffic area where I'm blocking everyone's way. I live there and was told it was okay because there wasn't any parking spaces available at the apartment for me to rent.
Are there any comment or suggestions you have for me regarding this? Do you think I should make payment arrangements or argue in court? Is it easier for me to fight the fine but not the allegation? I don't know what to expect but I know I don't deserve this 'warm welcome' from Victoria. What disgust me more is that it was through a complain by my neighbours and knowing I live with those unsympathetic and unforgiving people. Leaving me a note on the windshield and I would have made sure I never do it again, and here I am, my housewarming gift of 5 tickets.