Residents encouraged to be safe when parking trailers
Monday, Aug 22, 2016 06:00 am
Rocky View County (RVC) is encouraging residents to learn more about safe trailer parking after receiving a high volume of complaints this summer about unsafe trailers throughout the county, particularly within the hamlet of Langdon.
“This is something that the County enforcement department deals with on a yearly basis,” said Lorraine Wesley-Riley with RVC enforcement services. “We thought it was time to get a key message out there to residents of RVC, because a lot of times, people just don’t understand that they’re doing anything wrong.”
According to Wesley-Riley, the higher population density in Langdon combined with a large number of people who own trailers makes it a bigger issue in that part of the county, but noted residents throughout RVC need to be aware of how to properly park a trailer according to provincial legislation and County bylaws.
“The biggest thing is people parking trailers on the road or overhanging the sidewalk, blocking sightlines and causing other safety issues,” she said. “It’s not that people can’t park their trailers, they just need to be aware of the restrictions that are in place to keep everyone safe.”
When people are packing up their trailer to go camping, Wesley-Riley said the trailer needs to be attached to a vehicle with all slides kept in, to prevent any obstruction. Safety always comes first, she said.
“County enforcement officers focus on making the roads safe and we do respond to all complaints,” Wesley-Riley said. “We are a complaint-based department, so unless it’s a blatant safety issue, we wait to respond until we have received a complaint.”
While enforcement officers will issue violation tickets or even tow a trailer that is parked in an unsafe manner, Wesley-Riley said enforcement focuses more on educating residents so that they can see “voluntary compliance” with County bylaws.
“If that fails, though, we will turn to other measures to keep all residents safe,” she said. “While we do respond to all trailer parking complaints, we can only enforce the regulations of highways and roads – we don’t enforce any caveats set out by developers, that’s more of a civil process.”
For residents who are unsure if there is a violation or what constitutes a violation, Wesley-Riley said they are welcome to call the County to discuss their issues or concerns with enforcement services. There is also detailed information available on the County’s website, which can be found by searching “safe trailer parking” at rockyview.ca