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Apr 29, 2013 @ 18:21:23
I and hundreds of others are guilty of waiting in the fire lanes around Cavendish mall near the IGA entrance.
When there are very limited parking spaces, and our spouse has stepped into the pharmacy, or postoffice, or even for a single shipping bag of stuff from IGA, We could park against Cavendish, and walk the full length to the Mall door, wait and together walk back. As far as I could see, seniors have walkers, and many need the car near, next to the mall sidewalk.
In the desire to build strip housing on every inch of land around the mall, parking is at a premium. We often park illegally at the TD or Scotia bank because of the absence there. There is one reason for it’s happening more frequently,
So, you can be pretty certain that as long as the driver is in the car waiting for the spouse, cars will be along the building, motor off with the driver waiting at the curb near the bank entrance.
Do you define “waiting in the car in the firezone for our spouse” as parking? If so, it wont be long before we all be forced to the CSL road mall to the main IGA for our kosher food and that will certainly hurt the stores and small businesses within the Cavendish mall.
By the way, there is no problem with finding a parking place at the latter location.
So, if the driver is waiting in the car for the spouse, is that deemed as parking? Just as a reminder. One turn of the key and the car can move away, if an emergency vehicle needs that spot. The emergency vehicle takes priority.
So far, in the past 4 years, I have not ever seen any emergency vehicle at the firezones. We need some common sense rules. Ticket driverless parked cars, but leave the rest of us alone.
Apr 29, 2013 @ 20:30:09
The Quebec Highway Safety Code defines parking as a vehicle that is stationary for 3 minutes or more. It doesn’t matter if the driver is in the car or not.
I can assure you that Fire, Police, EMS and ambulance respond to emergency calls to the mall and shopping centre routinely.
The no parking, Bylaw 626, is in force at shopping locations, hospitals, schools, apartments and condos.
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