Hugh: In Halifax, You Can Now Get Out of Parking Tickets by Shopping Local
Written by Hugh Campbell on June 3, 2022
On Wednesday, Halifax announced one of the most creative ways to encourage local shopping that I’ve ever heard. Effective as of the start of this month, residents of the municipality who receive a parking ticket for a pay station violation can have the fee waived by spending at least $35 at a local business within three hours. Tickets are normally $45, or $40 if paid within seven days of issuance, so residents can even save money by using the program. There are some stipulations, however, as each person can only have one ticket waived per week and the application for ticket forgiveness must be filed within five days. Of course, those hoping to get out of their ticket will need to keep their receipts to submit and each receipt can only be used once by one person. Also, violations at parking garages and off-street lots are not included, presumably because they are often private businesses themselves. The program is aimed at helping small businesses recover from the pandemic and will be in place until the end of September.