Students speak out on campus parking fines

Littering a roadway, parking in a reserved space, disobey an official sign, failure to yield to pedestrian and an improper right turn. On paper none of those infractions look all that bad, but in practice campus security can charge you a grand total of $255 were you to commit them all at Fanshawe.

The number looks pretty steep for the average student, however all the fines have been based on both the City of London and Ontario Provincial Offences Act fines levied off-campus.

“I think they're relatively reasonable,” said Emily Hunt, a second year business student as she glanced over the list of fines. “Most of these you could end up hurting someone.”

The list of fees list the cheapest at $10, in which category you'll find fines such general violations as failure to register ones vehicle with the college or a change in parking license particulars. But the list also has some fines that can easily head into triple-digits including a $200 careless driving or failure to stop for an emergency vehicle fine.

“Most of the fines aren't much,” said Ryan Beaupre, a first-year general arts student. “I mean, the expensive ones, you've pretty much screwed up pretty badly. With a failure to stop for an emergency vehicle, you should definitely get fined.”

“I think there should be an automatic first warning for a student,” said Josh M, a second-year general arts student who drives to school. “Some of these seem too broad, like improper right turn and improper left turn. That's at the discretion of the Fanshawe security. They're not the cops, I don't really think they have the authority to be making decisions like that.

“Because it's not actually police officers doing the ticketing it's not really as fair because if you've got younger people they can get more emotional. As far as fines go, what constitutes as careless driving? Most of them are just too broad, but they're reasonable.”

However, the students all agree that except a few small issues, the fines themselves seem to be not only on par with local police, but at the same time relatively fair.

“There's no reason they shouldn't be comparable to the highway fines,” continued Hunt. “If you're driving in Ontario, they should be charged the same way.”