Under normal circumstances, if you want to park on a city street, you can leave your vehicle there for up to 48 hours before you risk a ticket.
It’s a reasonable amount of time.
This week, though, for some Brandonites, the time limit was slashed without warning.
As snow-clearing crews moved into the central core area of Brandon yesterday, the city said that parked cars would get in the way of plows and needed people to move them. The city put out a notice on Wednesday afternoon, along with no parking signs in the affected areas, both of which stated that parking would be verboten after 8 a.m. Thursday.
For many people, that means an inconvenience, nothing more. For others —those who maybe went away for a night, thinking they had 48 hours? Not so much.
We’re sure the mayor remembers that her own car was caught in such a dragnet just last year.
There were reports that plenty of tickets had be handed out yesterday morning, evidence perhaps there just wasn’t enough time to get the message out. So late yesterday morning, the city posted another reminder — this time pointing out it could tow unmoved vehicles, too.
We understand that it would be difficult to figure out snow-plowing schedules 48 hours in advance. But it’s unfortunate that the city has to take such a hard line against those who didn’t or couldn’t move their vehicles on last-minute notice.
Wouldn’t just not plowing the street be punishment enough?