Parking Officers Misconceptions
There are a lot of common misconceptions regarding the Parking Enforcement outside contractor, the Commissionaires of Ottawa - Windsor Division. This page is going to hopefully clear some of those misconceptions up for you.
False Comments and/or Statements About Officers
They do not:
- Have a monthly quota to meet
- Receive bonuses for ticket amounts
- Wait in bushes, behind trees or other locations watching and waiting to issue tickets
- Follow residents around (i.e. pick on individuals)/targeting
- Repair meters
- Remember your vehicle and if you have a permit or not
- Wait for meters to expire
They are not:
- To take handouts/tips/gifts in lieu of issuing an administrative penalty notice (parking tickets)
- To look through driver and passenger windows in detail to try and find a permit/time ticket (i.e. on floor of vehicle). (Driver must assure that these are visible.)
- Able to look up a permit number to see if an accessible parking permit is current or not
- Allowed to cancel tickets after they have been issued, unless it is an officer’s error
True Comments and/or Statements About Officers
- Have a job (They are to enforce the City of Windsor Parking By-law 9023.)
- Only have a maximum of five officers working at a time to cover entire city, per shift
- Rotate beats/sections throughout city
- Take photos of you in violation if they issue a ticket
- Frequently visit “timed” locations when they mark a vehicle
- To get out of their vehicles to look for permits/time tickets clearly displayed on dash/mirror
- Able to park in a violation when performing City of Windsor business as per the City by-law
- To look through driver and passenger windows to try and see a permit/time ticket (i.e. on flipped up visor or car seats)
The City of Windsor does not send text messages or email reminders about parking violations/tickets or issue reminders through a third party. If received, do not reply or click on the links; delete the message.
For questions or more information, please contact:
Parking Enforcement Office
1266 McDougall Street
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday (holidays excluded) - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: For general information, call 311. For detailed inquiries, call (519) 255-6298, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (519) 255-9467.