A HOMEOWNER is furious after he was given a parking fine for leaving his car on his own property and has called the decision “ridiculous”.
Kazi Islam was issued a CAD $75 (£43) ticket after he left his car on his drive in Brampton, Canada, despite having parked in the same spot for 10 years.
The SUV was parked on Mr Islam’s drive, with one wheel position on a section of his front lawn, which has been deemed an “unauthorised area” by the council.
He says he doesn’t understand why he can’t park on his own property and has protested the fine.
Mr Islam told CTV News: “I still can’t believe that I got a ticket for parking on my own driveway.
“This is ridiculous. This is totally ridiculous.
“There is no valid reason. I’m entitled to park my car in my driveway.”
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Despite parking his car in the exact same spot for the last 10 years, the homeowner says he’s never received a complaint before.
He says he’s baffled by the ticket from City of Brampton Council, and he intends to appeal the fine.
But Mr Islam now fears he could get charged again in the future.
The council said he should not park on the grass – regardless of whether he owns it or not.
A statement by City of Brampton Council reads: “Mr Islam was given the ticket because enforcement officers found a vehicle was parked on a large portion of the grass area (landscape) at this property.
“The By-Law prohibits parking of vehicles on the landscaped area of properties, both public and private.”
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They add that other municipalities share the same law and it is in place for the safety and upkeep of the community.
Brampton has received over 250 similar parking complaints already this year, CTV said.
Luckily this by-law does not exist in the UK and homeowners are entitled to park anywhere on their own property.
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