Whitby earned $26,000 from after-hours fines

The Town of Whitby has announced that the pilot program for after-hours parking and bylaw enforcement is to continue.

The pilot program was launched in response to concerns from council and the community. Data shows the majority of after-hours noise complaints occur between 7 pm and 2 am from May to October, and primarily on weekends.

An enforcement services officer was hired for a six-month period from May to November 2022, explained Mayor Elizabeth Roy in her May newsletter.

An after-hours phone system was set up, which allowed residents to speak directly with an officer on duty Thursday to Sunday nights from 9 pm to 3 am. The officer working the pilot program was responsible for issuing $26,000 in parking infraction revenue during the six months, she said.

A report from town staff says the seasonal pilot project was successful and recommends continuing it for 2023 and investigating the option of making the position permanent as part of the 2024 budget. The cost to continue the pilot program is $17,558, which will be funded from incremental 2023 parking infraction revenue and the parking reserve fund, the mayor added.

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