When you walk up to your car and see a parking ticket on the car's windshield, you don't feel good.
And there may be more people feeling down this year than in years past.
The number of parking tickets issued in 2022 will be significantly higher than recorded in 2021, according to the City of Regina.
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The latest city data shows that 18,721 parking tickets were handed out by city parking enforcement teams from the beginning of the year through the end of June.
Compare this figure to the same time slot in 2021, when 13,463 tickets were issued. This is a 39% decrease from what has been reported so far this year.
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"Ticket sales are down compared to pre-COVID-19 figures, but downtown traffic We are reissuing more tickets due to increased volumes," explained Dawn Shikowski, manager of licensing and parking services for the City of Regina.
"There are more violations, more safety concerns, and more vehicles parked on the streets."
In 2019 she said from January The number of tickets until now was about 28,000.
Additionally, the number of parking tickets issued at this time is about 70% of normal.
Many of the parking restrictions for 2020 and she said for 2021 have been reduced in response to changing pandemic patterns and restrictions, Sikowski said.
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But now, parking enforcement is back to normal enforcement practices, and the city says more violations are occurring.
"The most common tickets issued are extended stay events where parking is on expired meters or longer than the signs in a particular area allow," Sikowski said.
"Other common violations are safety violations such as stopping too close to an intersection, curb crossing, or sidewalk."
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Sikowski said that if a driver is unfamiliar with the city's parking rules, it's best to familiarize themselves with them to avoid parking violations. I added that there is. She puts the ticket under the windshield wiper for next time.
She reminded residents that her parking meter runs from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Monday to Friday. The meter works with her two-hour limit, and park patrons can pay with change or using her PayByPhone mobile app.
Additional information regarding the City's parking regulations is available on theCity of Regina website.
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