How to apply for an accessible parking placard, proper use, parking violations, and report a parking violation.
In Alberta, placards are managed by Service Alberta, and are generally distributed to individuals who are unable to walk unassisted for more than 50 metres, and who need larger stalls to load and unload devices such as walkers and wheelchairs with unobstructed access to the curb.
The City is working with Edmonton’s Accessibility community, including the City of Edmonton’s Accessibility Advisory Committee to discuss ways that the City can improve accessibility and proximity for placard holders, including the impact the upcoming Automated Enforcement Program will have on placard holders.
As a part of this work, the City is currently in the process of identifying opportunities for immediate changes to increase the number of designated on-street accessible stalls, and explore technology options that enable placard holders to continue using courtesy parking in all EPark zones.
Automated Enforcement Program and Accessible Parking Placard
Currently, parking patrol officers manually write parking tickets for those who haven’t paid for parking. The City of Edmonton is working towards automating this process in EPark zones using a digital camera system that captures licence plate images to validate if a vehicle’s parking is paid. Under the new system, parking tickets will be mailed, rather than left on a vehicle’s windshield.
Automated enforcement parking technology is a more efficient way of dealing with parking violations and will improve Parking Enforcement’s ability to respond to citizen complaints and provide higher levels of parking enforcement services around Commonwealth Stadium events, Rogers Place and in residential communities surrounding festivals. It will also free up parking enforcement officers to deal with other important parking issues in the city such as around school drop-off and pick-up zones, in front of businesses, at accessible parking spaces, in residential areas, during rush hour tow-away times and during seasonal snow parking bans.
Designated Accessible Parking Stall Violations
If your vehicle is parked illegally in a designated accessible parking stall, you will be issued a $250 ticket and may face towing and impound charges.
No part of the vehicle may occupy any part of the stall designated for drivers with a Service Alberta Parking Placard for People with Disabilities. The City of Edmonton has a "zero tolerance" policy for vehicles illegally parked in designated accessible parking stalls.