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Businesses applaud move to extend overnight parking in Vancouver

Last Updated Jan 31, 2019 at 10:27 am PDT

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) –  A motion to extend parking hours in downtown Vancouver is getting support from business owners in the Granville Entertainment District and in Davie Village.

City Council has directed staff to work with EasyPark to explore options to extend overnight parking beyond 6 a.m. in 125 facilities around the city.

The Hospitality Vancouver Association says the initiative would encourage impaired drivers to leave their vehicles, noting people going to a bar or an event can leave their cars overnight while avoiding a ticket if the car is not picked up at 6 a.m.

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We all need to continue to work towards ensuring there are safe late-night transportation options for patrons and workers in Vancouver,” says Christa Montpetit, Executive Director, Hospitality Vancouver Association in a release. “It’s imperative we give them options for making the right decision about getting.

Councillor Lisa Dominato brought forth the motion during Council’s Jan. 29 meeting.