Sound Off! — Nov. 12, 2022


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Hidden cost of hospital parking lot

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Hidden cost of hospital parking lot

I had to go for outpatient surgery at the BRHC Thursday morning and arrived at 6:46. I parked in the parking lot to the north of the hospital, making sure there were no restriction signs.

Upon completion of my surgery, my wife came out to bring the vehicle to the hospital loading area to pick me up, and found a $60 parking ticket on the vehicle. The violation was for parking in a handicapped spot. She looked all around the vehicle, including on the snow and ice packed lot, and was unable to see any indication of handicapped area signage anywhere. My wife parked in the hospital loading area and escorted me outside and then went back in to dispute the ticket.

Apparently, there are handicapped parking spots with the signage painted on the asphalt, but they were not visible due to the snow and ice. She was told she had to pay the fine at Brandon City Hall, as the ticket was issued there.

When she went in to dispute the ticket at Brandon City Hall, she was told her only recourse would be to dispute the ticket in court, but as we are from outside Brandon, the cost of fuel and time off work outweighed the cost of the ticket, so she paid it.

I just wanted to give the general public a heads up on this parking ticket trap. It is a moneymaker for the city, and it is likely that many more unsuspecting hospital visitors will be nailed before visible signage is supplied. As we are just starting winter, the painted asphalt signage will not be visible until April.

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