Saanich residents who park illegally on private property face higher fines after council Monday gave all but final approval to higher towing and impound rates.
Councillors also added a new type of fine to the existing catalogue to account for more complex tows. The measures are still subject to final approval following input from the industry.
The basic towing charge rises to $85 from $75 under the proposed measures.
Brent Reems, director of building, bylaw, licensing and legal services, said the proposed change is “consistent” with inflation.
“In addition to adjusting for inflation, the proposed changes would align Saanich’s rates with those charged in the City of Victoria, providing for greater consistency across municipal boundaries.”
Impoundment rates will go to $2.25 per hour from $2, to a daily maximum of $20.50, up from $20. The early release rate for impounded vehicles will rise to $45 from $35.
Finally, Saanich approved a special towing rates for vehicles that require special equipment. The proposed amendment allows towing companies to charge an additional $35 if they have to use a dolly or a sling to tow vehicles because of their drive.
“The increased fee reflects the additional time and cost that arises from the use of specialized equipment on vehicles with new transmission technology that cannot be towed using conventional methods,” said Reems.
Coun. Leif Wergeland said he was pleased Saanich is trying to remove this inconsistency.
The rates do not affect parking violations under the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act.
Last year, a Saanich resident complained to the district that he had to pay significantly higher towing and impound rates than those charged by Saanich after a Victoria-based towing company used special equipment to tow his vehicle to Victoria.