Roadside parking curtailed

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The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is cracking down on Salt Spring businesses that make use of its road right-of-ways in their operations, with at least two locations receiving notice the practice will not be tolerated after Oct. 31.

Beddis Road Garage is one location that has been notified that cars will no longer be permitted to park on the roadside, after a visit from ministry staff last week. Owner Erik Lundstrom was warned that cars could be towed without notice starting Nov. 1, at the expense of the garage.

Other locations where cars may be towed include Rainbow Road and Lower Ganges Road north of the Rainbow Road intersection.

The ministry said it is acting due to road safety concerns.

“Public safety is always the ministry’s top priority,” a ministry spokesperson told the Driftwood. “Staff were made aware of two instances on Salt Spring Island where personal property was obstructing provincial right of ways and leading to safety issues. The ministry issued notices under the Transportation Act to remove the property from provincial land.”

Vehicles parked on the right-of-way have provoked tension among islanders in general over recent weeks, including two public cries for action on the Salt Spring Community Discussion Forum.

Daron Wall posted a complaint about the “used car lot” that has sprung up on Upper Ganges Road above Ganges Marina, despite no-parking signs posted there.

“More than once I have seen near collisions because of other vehicles stopped there that can’t pull completely off of the road, forcing vehicles that pass the stopped car to cross the centre line into the oncoming lane,” Wall wrote.

For more on this story, see the Oct. 31, 2018 issue of the Gulf Islands Driftwood newspaper, or subscribe online.

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