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City reverses SeaBus terminal roundabout ticketing policy
Carry on as usual is the message from North Vancouver city after a "misunderstanding" led to drivers being ticketed in the roundabout near the SeaBus terminal at Lonsdale Quay last week.
Historically, drivers have dropped off and picked up passengers in this area, which is closest in proximity to the SeaBus.
However, in recent years, residents of Chadwick Court have complained to the city about taxi drivers loitering in the roundabout.
Since, technically, the signage prior to Monday (Dec. 2) stated there was no stopping in the area, city bylaw staff had starting issuing tickets to taxi drivers.
Then last week came some miscommunication between the city and the North Van RCMP, whose members mistakenly began ticketing other drivers.
"As much of the taxi activity had been occurring after bylaws staff were off duty, the City Bylaws manager asked the RCMP to enforce in the evenings to address the issue with taxis — however, the enforcement was then applied to all vehicles rather than just taxis, and some members of the public received tickets," explained city spokesperson Connie Rabold in an email to The Outlook.
"Unfortunately, this ticketing was a misunderstanding and has ceased."
Rabold confirmed there is no change to parking and drop-off/pick-up rules in the Chadwick Court roundabout at the foot of Chesterfield Avenue. New signs installed on Monday clearly identify that stopping in the area is for pick-up and drop-off only.
The city has cancelled tickets that were handed out to drivers in the roundabout last week, and asked the RCMP to stop enhanced parking enforcement in the area.
Speaking with The Outlook on Monday, Mayor Darrell Mussatto was outraged by the gaffe. He said he marched right down to the bylaws department and directed staff to immediately stop issuing parking tickets at Chadwick Court.
"I found that was unacceptable," said Mussatto, adding the city had received a number of complaints from residents last week over the perceived parking changes.
Mussatto said city staff will work with taxis companies directly to address parking issues near SeaBus terminal.
"It's much more efficient and civil than simply issuing tickets," said Mussatto.
And at Monday's council meeting, Mussatto made a motion, which passed unanimously, to direct staff to work with TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company to create a shelter for waiting passengers at Chadwick Court.