Vancouver is encouraging drivers indulging in the holiday spirit to leave their car parked overnight so they don’t drive home intoxicated.
The city, along with Mother Against Drunk Drivers and Preventable BC, launched a campaign Thursday to remind drivers that they can now prepay for overnight parking and leave their vehicles in some 35 parking lots and on the city streets of Vancouver.
In most city-owned parking lots, drivers can now extend their parking until 6 p.m. the next day and 11 a.m. the next day for most street parking without having to return to their car.
The extended parking plan was brought in earlier this year to allow drivers to pay for their next day’s parking in advance. Before this, drivers who parked overnight were required to return to the metre or move their car the next morning.
The change is the result of two council-approved motions put forward by councillor Lisa Dominato directing staff to extend the “Park Until” option in the city’s parkades to help drivers make safe transportation choices.
Overnight rates vary but can be as low as $20. Drivers can visit Easy Park’s website for rates on the new overnight feature.