Hospital meter

Resident expresses concern about the parking meter at Vernon Jubilee Hospital

On Aug. 2, my mother, who is a senior citizen, and myself ventured out to visit a family friend who was a patient at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

My mom had been putting off going to visit her friend and I finally found out that the reason she doesn’t visit people in the hospital is because of the parking lot meter. Mom says she has problems with it every time she goes up there and it is frustrating to say the least.

So we get to the hospital and park. Mom and I head over to the pay for parking meter and there are two other people there.

Sure enough, both people were having trouble with the meter.

First off, it is very hard to read and the second thing was that it was not taking the money. We all tried toonies and loonies.

Between three of us placing coins into the meter, it must have been 15 or 20 times before one actually was accepted and a ticket came out.  Then the whole process occured all over again.

Vernon is full of seniors and this pay for parking meter is very difficult for many of them to see and use.

They are putting off visiting patients who are family and friends because they are afraid of the meter or if not being able to get a ticket from meter, then being fined for parking or towed away.

This has been going on for some time and I believe that a new meter should be installed that is user-friendly.

 

Barb Chapman

Vernon