A Walmart boulder road closure in Calgary’s northern outskirts has led to a new $8.00 fine for the first person parked in the restricted area, as well as for anyone using the road on weekends.
The Alberta Transportation Authority announced Friday that the $8 per day parking fee will be added to the existing $5.00 per day penalty for parking in a designated campground.
“Our goal is to encourage people to drive less and be responsible with their vehicle,” said Alberta Transportation Minister Deron Bilous.
“This is a good step in that direction.”
The $8 fee is expected to be passed on to motorists in the form of reduced fuel costs.
The move comes on the heels of a report last month that found the number of road users in the Alberta Rockies has grown from 1,400 in 2003 to 2,900 today.
A report by the Alberta Transportation Agency found that Alberta drivers are now spending an average of four and a half hours on the roads each day, and that the province’s highway system has become a major source of congestion.
The agency says the $1.75 million in new fines is expected soon.