By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express
City bylaw enforcement could soon be extended to 24 hours a day.
In June, Oshawa began a pilot program to have bylaw enforcement staff working 24 hours for two days a week.
Interim director of municipal bylaw enforcement and licensing systems Brenda Jeffs says the day the program run switches every week.
A citizen reached out to The Oshawa Express with concerns that Oshawa’s parking bylaws aren’t enforced after 6 pm.
The woman says her neighbour parks a large truck, often with a trailer attached, on their street.
She claims this causes a hazard to her when backing out of her driveway.
In Oshawa, residential streets generally have a three-hour limit on parking unless otherwise posted, Jeffs explains.
She says the city generally has four bylaw enforcement officers who work later shifts that end at midnight. Officers also make rounds during regular day shifts.
Residential street parking violations are usually addressed when complaints come in.
Complaints go through Service Oshawa, which is open between 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday, and Saturday 9 am to 1 pm.
The issue then goes to a bylaw officer, who Jeffs says will respond right away or at the earliest they can.
Jeffs says if the complaint comes in later in the evening, and the officer doesn’t have time to respond by midnight, they will mark the vehicle, and return the next morning.
In most cases, the vehicle is gone by the time the officer returns, Jeffs explains.
Public displeasure was a factor behind starting the 24-hour pilot project, Jeff says.
“We were hearing from residents that we weren’t meeting their needs,” she says.
The pilot will continue throughout the rest of summer into the fall.
Jeffs says this will allow the city to review how parking habits change throughout the city once students are back in class, and many people have returned from vacation