Thu. May 19th, 2022

Letters: The City of Vancouver’s proposed parking permit is a poorly designed initiative

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Re: Parking overnight on the streets of Vancouver may soon cost you ($ 45 / year) and your visitors ($ 3 / night)

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I have been following with interest the City of Vancouver’s proposed new parking permit scheme, and it appears to be a very poorly designed initiative.

The basic intent of this proposal is to charge car owners for less efficient new vehicles either $ 500 or $ 1,000 per year for permission to park on the street. Anyone with parking on the street, e.g. However, those living in single-family homes will not be affected.

As middle- and lower-income Vancouver residents are less likely to live in single-family homes, they will be disproportionately affected by this tax. This includes all the craftsmen who need larger vehicles to transport their tools and equipment to workplaces.

If an additional charge is needed to increase the penetration of more efficient vehicles, this falls under the jurisdiction of the province. Together with the ICBC, they could develop a reasonable tax on inefficient vehicles should the need arise. It should be noted, however, that the province already has a law on Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV), which was passed in 2019. This legislation provides a path to 100 percent ZEVs by 2050. The target for 2025 is 10 percent. ZEVs, a number that, according to Statistics Canada, has already been passed by Vancouver residents.

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The awkward design of the proposed parking permit program is a direct result of the city trying to influence a program in an area where they have no jurisdiction. They cannot tax all vehicles, so they try a “back door” approach by using parking permits.

It seems ironic (or perhaps ridiculous) that the city, which spends so much effort on helping lower-income residents, would propose taking $ 60 million over four years out of the pockets of those who can least afford it.

Jack Habart, Vancouver

How can we stop this ridiculous treasure?

If the government really wants to lower gas emissions, they need to look at huge trucks and manufacturing, not the average resident. It might start at $ 45 a year, but we all know that when they start, the cost of parking permits will go up, and the fee for older cars along with it.

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Pam Willinsky, Vancouver

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Re: Wuffguard: Converting car seats to safe, comfortable dog seats in seconds

In a car accident, an animal the size of a dog can cause significant damage to you while being thrown around in a vehicle. Recently, a driver was killed by a laptop that hit them in the head during an accident – a laptop weighs less than a dog. This restraint prevents the handler from driving with the dog on his lap, which we have all witnessed.

Brian Barnes, Richmond


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