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City of Burlington Statement Regarding Accessible Parking

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*Please see below a Media Statement issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont.—Feb. 3, 2019

Statement from Vito Talone, Director of Transportation Services

“This past weekend, several Burlington residents informed city officials through various social media platforms about a member of the City’s Parking Services team abusing accessible parking spaces specifically reserved for persons displaying a valid accessible parking permit.  City of Burlington staff and their contractors are well aware of the behaviours and code of conduct expected when performing their jobs.  The actions of the individual in question are completely unacceptable and out of line with the values expected of Burlington city staff.  All municipal parking bylaws are to be followed by everyone, with no exceptions.  

“As a result, the City of Burlington has followed up with disciplinary action and the individual involved will no longer be working for the City of Burlington. Transportation Services staff will be following up with the enforcement contractor to ensure this does not happen again.  All parking tickets issued by subject enforcement officer will be reviewed to certify that they were issued in accordance with the City’s policies and procedures.   

“We’d like thank members of the public for bringing this matter forward and apologize for the inconvenience and distress his may have caused.”

MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:

Anyone working on behalf of the City of Burlington is expected to comply with the same standards as the public. I am pleased that action has been taken and thankful to the residents who alerted us so we could take action.

*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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5 thoughts on “City of Burlington Statement Regarding Accessible Parking”

  1. More information should have been forthcoming here. Was this a long term employee? Was their record in good standing with any previous discipline matters? I have never heard of termination in a case like this and I am sure we have not heard the end of this. An arbitrator may think differently and rule the city went overboard. First time offenders are usually given warning letters for their files or a suspension, but to take away someone’s job seems quite harsh.

  2. I have to agree that it was a little harsh. But I also understand the importance of the issue and the city has to lead by example.

  3. Termination was appropriate, and should be publicized, if city workers know they will be fired for abusing handicap spots they simply won’t do it.

  4. I commented on the act being inexcusable. There would be a fine for any driver offending handicap spaces.
    I felt, when reading the penalty, it was harsh. A warning and the appropriate fine would suffice in my opinion.
    This firing action certainly will reverberate through the ranks to pay attention to the expectations of city’s policies and procedures

  5. Termination may have been slightly harsh. Suspension may have been more appropriate. That’s my take for what it’s worth

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