NPA City Councillor Lisa Dominato will move a motion at today’s Vancouver City Council meeting that would enable drivers to extend their parking beyond 6 a.m at city owned parkades and lots operated by EasyPark, encouraging impaired drivers to leave their cars overnight when enjoying Vancouver’s night economy.
“Currently drivers who leave their vehicle overnight at an EasyPark parkade after a night out can’t extend their parking beyond 6 a.m., which is a disincentive to leave their vehicle if they are impaired” said Dominato. “By enabling drivers to extend their parking to later the next morning, we are supporting a safe night out and discouraging impaired driving”.
Dominato’s motion has been endorsed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.
Impaired driving continues to be a public safety issue – last year the Vancouver Police Department undertook over 2,000 investigations where drugs or alcohol were determined to be present in drivers of motor vehicles.
Dominato adds this change complements TransLink’s NightBus Hub initiative that offers an important option for workers to get home after their night shift ends. This initiative also aligns with changes the City of Vancouver made last year for metered parking, enabling drivers to leave their car overnight and pay in advance for parking the next morning.
“In my view, this is a pragmatic proposal that could help keep our streets safe, while also supporting our night economy,” said Dominato.