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Ticket 'fudging' challenged
Editor: On Thursday, Sept. 5, I was visiting downtown Langley with my elderly mother. I parked my vehicle on the one-way stretch of Fraser Highway, saw the two-hour parking limit and looked at my watch.
It was 12:30 precisely, and I made a mental note of being good until 2:30 p.m. We went for lunch and a bit of shopping afterwards, returning to the vehicle at 2:15 p.m. There was a parking ticket on my windshield indicating a violation for overtime parking, with the ticket being issued at 1:30.
If I had indeed gone overtime, that meant that I would have had to park my vehicle earlier than 11:30 a.m. Well, sir, at 11:30 I was shopping in Walnut Grove, and had a store receipt to prove it.
So off I went to City Hall and the bylaws desk. Finding no one there at 2:20 p.m. (still within my two-hour limit, I might add), I was told to fill in a sheet declaring why I was contesting the ticket.
I was contacted the next morning and told that she had reviewed the ticket issuer’s photographs of the blue chalk on my wheel and of my vehicle. She asked me for my story of the events and then said that she would take me at my “word” and would nullify the ticket.
Now it gets interesting. Shortly afterward, I was talking with a friend of mine who is a resident of Langley. She informed me that the City had contracted out the parking enforcement, and that she had already heard of a few similar incidents where the time had been “fudged,” thus creating a fictitious opportunity for a ticket.
Langley City is perfectly within its rights to contract out any of its services, but to then not do follow-up, checking into said service when there is evidence of “fudging,” is shameful.
A city should not subject its own citizens and tourists to dishonest practices. This is just not a good business practice.
Editor’s note — The City is not contracting out its parking enforcement.