4000-4-2Parking Policy

Issue Date:
May 22, 2014
Supersedes Date:
January 17, 2008

Upon request, the college will provide a copy of this policy in an alternate format.

1.0 General

  • 1.1 The College grounds are private property. The College reserves the right to maintain full jurisdiction over all vehicles parked on campus or using the campus roadways. The College reserves the right to take action for violations of all parking and traffic policies.
  • 1.2 The College shall not be responsible for any loss, personal injury, or damage to a vehicle including contents, however caused. Any loss, damage, or injury should be reported to the office of the Director of Campus Services.
  • 1.3 All vehicles must display a current, readily visible, authorized parking permit when parked in any College lot not designated for general parking.
  • 1.4 Vehicle operators are required to comply with all parking and traffic policies and are subject to the applicable action for specified violations. The registered owner of any vehicle will also be held responsible for any violation involving the vehicle.
  • 1.5 A vehicle left on College property for a continuous period of 72 hours will be considered abandoned unless Parking Services is notified otherwise, and will be treated as such by the College.
  • 1.6 Bicycles are exempt from parking charges but shall be parked in designated areas.
  • 1.7 Any person who causes willful or malicious damage to parking equipment, signage or grounds shall be liable for the cost of restoration.
  • 1.8 The College reserves the right to suspend parking privileges, temporarily or permanently, in any area for special events, emergencies or ongoing construction.

2.0 Types of Parking

The College shall establish various permit classes as it determines are required. These will include, but are not limited to:

  • 2.1 General - available for all vehicles parking on campus – employees, students and visitors.
  • 2.2 Employee - The spaces are restricted to current employees and retirees with the appropriate permit. Work Study and Co‐op students employed at the College do not qualify for this designation.
  • 2.3 Reserved - Guaranteed parking allocated first to employees and students living in residence. Unsold reserved permits may be sold to non-residence students.
  • 2.4 Special Needs Parking
    • 2.4.1 – Ministry of Transportation Designation - Restricted to vehicles displaying a current Ministry of Transportation Accessible Parking Permit.
    • 2.4.2 – Lambton College Designation - Restricted to vehicles displaying a temporary permit as issued by the College Nurse and authorized by Parking Services.
     

3.0 Permits

  • 3.1 Permits are issued by Parking Services only.
  • 3.2 Reserved permits guarantee a space for the vehicle with the permit. All other permits only give the vehicle permission to be parked on campus if a space is available as designated by the permit.
  • 3.3 All permits remain the property of the College. The College may request that a permit be surrendered at any time.
  • 3.4 Only one permit will be issued to each individual. Individuals owning more than one vehicle may transfer the permit from one vehicle to another.
  • 3.5 Individuals who forget to place the hang tag in their car will be required to pay for the hours they were parked on campus.

    Parking Services will refund a maximum of 3 daily charges per semester to anyone who has purchased a permit. These Refunds can be obtained from the Campus Shop during business hours upon presentation of the paid receipt. Anyone exceeding this three time allowance will not receive any additional refunds.
  • 3.6 A permit that is damaged will be replaced on payment of a service charge of $15 plus HST. The damaged permit must be turned into the Parking Services office prior to a replacement being issued.
  • 3.7 If a permit is lost or stolen, the individual must purchase a new permit at the regular price. In addition a lost/stolen report must be completed. If the lost/stolen hang tag is recovered, the individual will be given a refund of the cost of the replacement permit.

4.0 Parking Fees

  • 4.1 The fees for the various permit classes and rates for general parking are determined annually.
  • 4.2 Special Parking Arrangements
    • 4.2.1 Service vehicles and Contractors' vehicles will be assigned a specific parking location by Facilities Management in consultation with Parking Services.
    • 4.2.2 Patrons of College services shall be considered visitors and will be required to pay the applicable parking fee.
    • 4.2.3 Departments may purchase special tags to be given to visitors of the College.
    • 4.2.4 Special parking arrangements can be made through Parking Services for special events taking place at the College.
    • 4.2.5 Patrons of the City owned arena on campus can have their tickets validated at arena's Guest Services desk located in the arena.
     
  • 4.3 Refund of Parking Fees
    • 4.3.1 To qualify for a refund the permit must be turned in to Parking Services.
    • 4.3.2 Refunds will be calculated according to the following formula:
      • Within 3 business days from the purchase of a permit, a full refund will be permitted.
      • After 3 business days in any month, the refund will be the original purchase price less a prorated reduction for the current and all preceding months covered by the permit. The amount of the reduction will be established yearly.
       
     

5.0 Violations and Penalties

  • 5.1 A driver or owner will be considered in violation of parking and traffic policies for contravening any of the following regulations:
    • 5.1.1 Vehicles shall be parked only in designated parking areas. Parking is prohibited in any service, emergency or loading zone, fire route, bus stop, roadway, lane, driveway, walkway, or any grassed or landscaped area or any other area not specifically designated for parking.
    • 5.1.2 Vehicles shall not be parked in any area specifically signed "NO STOPPING" or "NO PARKING" or an area with painted hash marks on the pavement.
    • 5.1.3 Vehicles must not park in a reserved or designated space without the proper permit visible.
    • 5.1.4 Vehicles must not block or obstruct pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
    • 5.1.5 Vehicles must be operated in a safe and lawful manner.
    • 5.1.6 Drivers must obey all regulating signs and the directions or signals of the parking staff.
    • 5.1.7 Drivers may gain access to parking areas only by the use of College roadways.
     
  • 5.2 The penalties for violating parking and traffic policies are:
    • 5.2.1 Vehicles will be towed immediately at the owner's risk and cost, without notification, if parked in an unauthorized area or in a manner which blocks or obstructs traffic. Examples of this include but are not limited to:
      • Parking in a Reserved spot without the appropriate permit displayed.
      • Parking in a bus stop
      • Parking in a driveway, walkway, grassed, or landscaped area.
      The owner of a vehicle that has been towed is responsible for all fees charged by the towing company and must deal directly with the towing company and not with Parking Services regarding the recovery of, or damage to, their vehicle.
    • 5.2.2 Vehicles parked in a space designated for Accessible Parking, without the proper Ministry of Transportation permit, or vehicles parked in a designated emergency vehicle route, will be fined and/or towed by municipal authorities.
    • 5.2.3 An individual found in possession of an invalid parking permit, including those which have been reported as missing or stolen, will be subject to a sanction as established by the Director of Campus Services. This sanction shall not be considered a penalty clause but rather as liquidated damages and will not exceed the price of a similar valid permit. In addition, if a lost or stolen pass is found in use after having been reported to Parking Services, daily maximum parking fees will be levied against the user from the date the loss was reported. The College may also consider its other remedies at law.
    • 5.2.4 Repeated violation of this policy may result in the privilege of driving or parking on campus being rescinded. Charges may be laid under the Trespass to Property Act.
    • 5.2.5 Violations of this policy may also result in further sanctions being applied by the Registrar under the Student Discipline Policy or by the College in consultation with the Human Resources department.
     

6.0 Application Procedure

  • 6.1 Applications may be obtained from the Campus Shop or through the College Website. Applications are processed on a first‐come first‐served basis. Applications that are submitted with incomplete information will not be processed.
  • 6.2 Applications for the school year beginning in September may be submitted beginning June 1.
  • 6.3 A limit may be placed on the number of permits sold, depending on the demand for and availability of parking spaces.

7.0 Safety and Security Notice

  • 7.1 During the winter months there will be times when snow and ice will cover College roads, walkways and parking surfaces despite the best efforts of the College to maintain these areas. During these times, the Parking Regulations will continue to be fully enforced. The driver must ensure that the vehicle is in a legal space and not blocking or obstructing pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
  • 7.2 All drivers must reduce speed when traveling on sanded or slippery College roads.

For questions or concerns regarding policies, please contact:

Jim Elliott
Director, Quality Assurance & Institutional Research
519-542-7751 x 3489
jim.elliott@lambtoncollege.ca

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