Calgary enlists parking authority photo cars for street sweeping crackdown

Vehicles that are not moved could be photographed and receive a fine by mail

Calgary is beginning street sweeping on April 1 this year. COURTESY CITY OF CALGARY

Don’t get fooled on Monday. The City of Calgary is starting its spring street sweeping on April 1, and this year they’re bringing in backup.

With the help of Calgary Parking Authority’s photo enforcement cars, the city hopes to nudge people to move their cars out of street sweepers’ way.

“Our goal is to have Calgarians move their vehicles so that our streets can be cleaned as effectively as possible,” said Joan Hay, Calgary Parking Authority’s Manager of Enforcement. “Vehicles left in an area with a parking ban in place can expect a ticket and may also be towed.”

The photo enforcement vehicles have cameras that record licence plate numbers. They are generally used on streets that have restricted or payment-required parking.

The city says residents can expect to see crews out seven days a week until June, as the city has over 16,000 kilometres of roads.

To find out when your street will be cleaned, watch for placards placed at the end of the street, or check for address lookup and e-mail notification.

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