Over 1,000 Winter Maintenance Zone tickets were handed out to end 2017.
The WMZ’s were activated on November 20 and from then until the Christmas holiday 1,019 tickets were issued along with 270 warnings.
The number is quite higher compared to the end of 2016, however, the program was activated a couple weeks earlier in 2017.
From December 6 and 16, 2016, 224 tickets were handed out.
The municipality says this program continues to be ‘one that maximizes fiscal responsibility to all taxpayers’ and is always open to feedback from residents. They add during a public engagement session in 2016, 73 per cent of people in attendance supported the program.
The WMZ’s are currently activated which means on-street parking will not be available for one-day a week, depending on each zone, from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. To find out what zone and subzone you’re in, you can go to rmwb.ca/snowplow.
Toys for Tickets
Fort McMurray residents were quite generous when it came to helping kids throughout the holidays.
The ‘Toys for Tickets’ program was brought back for the second year allowing people who received a WMZ or timed parking ticket to pay their fine with presents.
Twenty-eight residents used the program, donating $3,300 worth of toys that were handed out to kids over Christmas.
Last year, 14 people took part in the inaugural event – raising just under $1,900 worth of presents.
The municipality says they plan on bringing the program back for a third time in December.