A random check of 500 parking spaces for the disabled across Montreal this week turned into a ticket bonanza.
As part of the Semaine québecoise des personnes handicapées, Montreal police checked the parking spots on Wednesday and Thursday and issued 185 tickets worth $315 each.
The campaign revealed that more than one-third of parking spaces for the disabled were taken up by vehicles that lacked the required designation.
“Reserved parking spaces are intended to facilitate the movement of people with disabilities or reduced mobility in giving them easier access to service centres, shops or institutions,” Montreal police noted in a release issued Friday.
“By failing to display a recognized (sign or sticker) in their vehicle, a motorist who parks in one of these locations could be issued a hefty fine.”
The statement adds: “The police also took advantage of the operation to sensitize managers of private parking lots to the importance of indicating the location of spaces for the disabled with adequate signage.”