General News · 24th April 2019
Cpl. Sean Bulford
Ongoing Parking Issues on Green Road.
Everyday Islanders utilize the limited free parking along Green Rd. Many people may not have realized that the Ministry of Transportation recently extended the no parking zone along the West side of Green Road. There is also a small section of Green Rd, that borders the Quathiaski Cove Ferry Terminal parking lot. A no parking sign was recently erected in this area, to prevent this road access from being blocked. Lastly, as people attempt to squeeze into the last of the free parking along the East side of Green Road (by the Credit Union), they often run out of shoulder and leave their vehicle partially in the travel lane. This forces meeting vehicles to stop, or move into the oncoming lane.
Our Detachment receives complaints about these parking issues on a weekly basis. It is a concern to residents that commute along Green Road, or need to access their homes on the lower portion. Within the past week we have begun taking enforcement action, in the form of warnings. As of May 1st, 2019, we will no longer be providing warnings, but actual violation tickets for the following sections of the Motor Vehicle Act:
Section 187(1) Fail to park off roadway (ie, your tires are on the pavement) $109 Fine.
Section 187(2) Obstruct traffic by parking (ie, blocking the lower portion of Green Rd) $81 Fine.
Section 189(1)(n) Park in No Parking Zone (ie, the West side of Green Rd) $40 Fine.
We do not want to issue tickets for these offences, and hope that people take these warnings seriously and spread the word before it comes to that. If you can't park you're vehicle completely off the road, please find another place to park. The extra few minutes of walking, or the $3 daily fee in the paid parking area will seem like a missed investment opportunity if you end up being fined.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
We would like to remind people that we are available 24/7 to respond as needed, and are only a phone call away. For emergency's, dial 911. For any non-urgent matters, you can call the Detachment directly at 250-285-3631. Outside of business hours you can leave a message or stay on the line and speak with a dispatcher in Comox who will take your information. If someone isn't answering the phone, it does not mean there is not a member working. That being said, we do NOT monitor Facebook, nor do we plan to. Often we hear of issues on the Islands several days or weeks after the fact, when someone alerts us to "something going around on Facebook". If it is important, and you are looking for action beyond just "Ranting and Raving", please call us. We like to be helpful. If on the other hand, you just want to "Rant and Rave", that's fine too, just understand we may not be aware of the problem.
Cpl. Sean Bulford
Quadra Island RCMP