VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Vancouver city council has greenlit a move to let veterans park for free starting next month.
The move comes after staff issued a controversial report advising against the move to launch a year-long pilot project allowing former service members to park at metered spots in the city without paying.
In a unanimous vote, councillors went against the advice of staff and voted to move forward with the plan, which will come into effect Nov. 3.
Today #VanCityCouncil directed staff to implement a one year pilot for free veteran parking at #Vancouver parking meters starting Nov 3. We will also be working with @ParkBoard and EasyPark to explore a similar program. pic.twitter.com/ycxChKu6Ue
— City of Vancouver (@CityofVancouver) October 22, 2020
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Several councillors took to Twitter after the vote to applaud the decision, and express gratitude to the veterans who spoke to council in support of the project.
Glad Council found its way to supporting our veterans. Was a lot of learning today about what #veterans have really gone through. They stood up for us and this is moment we needed to stand up for them. It’s about respect & gratitude. TY @MelissaDeGenova for bringing it forward. https://t.co/ugqIzloaz3 pic.twitter.com/nvtCexAWGt
— Sarah Kirby-Yung 楊瑞蘭 (@sarahkirby_yung) October 22, 2020
FREE PARKING for #VETERANS PASSEDIt’s a small gesture of THANKS for those who put their lives on the line, for our Rights & Freedoms. Grateful to @PtFry for working together to get this done! #Vancouver #Respect pic.twitter.com/Tpr9M6lwaV
— Melissa De Genova (@MelissaDeGenova) October 22, 2020
Canad’s Minister of National Defence took to Twitter to support the project saying council made the “right decision.”
“Vancouver residents know Veterans have stood up for Canada and this thoughtful gesture means a lot.”