Residents of Calgary’s Cornerstone neighbourhood have had to pay thousands of dollars in towing fines simply for parking on their own street.
Earlier this month, a yet-unnamed private towing company pulled 15 vehicles from the street during the night, then returned the next evening to tow another bunch, CBC reports .
The vehicles were removed from Cornerstone Manor along 128th Avenue N.E., where many residents had been parking for over three years without any previous issues.
“In the middle of the night, they towed the entire street with no tickets or warnings given,” resident Alysha Armanious Bulmer told the CBC. Owners coughed up $260 per vehicle to get them back at the lot, where operators would not tell them which private company had towed them or why.
When the group took the issue to the Calgary Parking Authority, they were told there’d been a mix-up of addresses — the round-up was apparently meant for the 4600 block of 128 Avenue N.E.
The Calgary Parking Authority says it plans to refund the owners, saying in an email statement “the impact to vehicle owners and inconvenience to residents is regrettable.”