NEWS — The cost of day parking at Thompson Rivers University will be softened if a proposal to a parking committee gains support.
It could see the blanket $5 per day parking fee replaced with a more student-friendly system of varied rates.
In a story today, the student newspaper Omega says a proposal to the parking appeals and advisory committee would see four-hour rates of $3 for central parking lots, a rate of $4 per day in lot N, and a dedicated carpool lot.
The $5 rate is a source of annoyance for students who park late in the day but still have to pay the full rate up until 5 p.m. Metered parking, where available, is $1 per half hour with a two-hour limit.
Rates are a key factor in influencing opinions on parking, along with the convenience of parking technology. An Armchair Mayor News poll that began on the weekend on general opinions about local parking kiosks shows 36 per cent of respondents rank downtown parking kiosks as the worst. While only 7 per cent rank TRU’s kiosks as the worst, nobody thinks it’s the best.
Opinions are split about Royal Inland Hospital parking, with just over 21 per cent thinking it’s best and the same number thinking it’s worst. Another 14 per cent ranked downtown as best.
The Omega says the plan to soften rates at TRU is being brought forward by Will George, the student rep on the committee.
“When talking to students about parking rates everyone wants something to change but it’s all about taking the right steps and developing a proposal that meets the financial needs of the institution as well as the students’ needs,” George told the Omega.
TRU parking fines are $25 if paid within seven days and $50 after that.
The parking appeals and advisory committee makes recommendations to the vice president of administration and finance for policy changes.