Parking enforcement leaves businesses and residents searching for answer


By Joel Charron


Next time you park your car in Amherstburg’s downtown core, keep an eye on the time.

Amherstburg bylaw officer, along with the Amherstburg Police have been enforcing the town two-hour parking limit.

In the April 8 council meeting, Councillor Diane Pouget questioned the lack of enforcement in the downtown core of the town, citing concerns she has been hearing from some business owners. She said she has been called to Dalhousie St. where she observed the same cars parking in the same spots daily for upwards of eight hours per day.

The fine for breaking the two-hour limit is $18, if paid within 15 days of receiving the ticket or $25 after 15 days

Amherstburg police work with the town’s bylaw enforcement officer as best as possible, said Chief Tim Berthiaume, but said there is “no exact science” on how to monitor how long a car has been parked in a particular parking spot. He said tires have been marked near the valve stem with officers having to mark the time down in a notebook and returning two hours later to see if the vehicle has been moved.

“It’s the bylaw, we have to enforce it,” said Berthiaume.

According to the town,  the Provincial Offenses Act gives municipalities the authority to administer, enforce and collect fines for parking tickets.

When a parking ticket is issued the owner of the vehicle upon which the infraction is laid may attend town hall and request a First Attendance meeting.

At that time the infraction it is reviewed and using guideline criteria approved by Council determine whether or not the ticket should be “quashed” or if it should stand.

Each infraction is reviewed upon a case-by-case basis.  If the ticket is not quashed the owner of the vehicle may decide to either pay the fee imposed or request a trial after having the First Attendance meeting.

The sudden parking enforcement has some Amherstburg residents a little hot under the collar.


The recent parking enforcement has irked residents while business owner hope to work with the town to find a solution that is fair to all.

The recent parking enforcement has irked residents while business owner hope to work with the town to find a solution that is fair to all.

Rodger Danforth said he was having lunch with an old friend some time in the last two weeks when he parked in one of the parking spaces on Ramsey Street. When Danforth returned to his car to go home he noticed a ticket in on the windshield.

In the 20 years Danforth has lived in Amherstburg, this is the first time he has received a parking ticket.

“I understand if the town wants to enforce the parking limit, I get it, but how about giving people some warming before you start blasting them with tickets on their windshield,” he said.

Danforth said he has no intentions of fighting the ticket, stating it would cost more to fight it than it would to pay it.

Instead of complaining about the recent parking enforcement, Ambiance Hair Design owner Gay-Anne Ledingham hoping to work with the town to come to a solution that would be satisfactory for everyone involved.

Ledingham has started up a petition to get the two-hour parking limit extended to four hours.

“I have started a petition in regards to this to show support for the community in this situation,” she said. She said local businesses are planning to meet amongst themselves to “to further discuss solutions and ideas on this problem.”

“We look forward to supporting all the downtown businesses in all ways to show the community that we are working together to create change where change is needed to keep our community on top as a place to come and see our town,” she said.

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