A sign the economy is picking up – many are trying to elude road bans so they can get back to work.
That according to the Manager of Enforcement Services with the County of Grande Prairie, Stuart Rempel. He says he understands times have been tough but it simply isn’t worth the risk.
“They’re there to protect the roads. We understand that you want to get working, but get some permits, get some more wheels, ask some questions. Don’t just take the risk and the chance, because our guys are out there and that is our priority during ban season.”
“We are watching for it and, unfortunately, we are writing tickets, because it does cause damage,” Rempel added.
Rempel calls it selfish to ignore road bans, as damages cost taxpayers’ money. Penalties for not following the bans, in some cases, can be higher than $10,000.
“There’s guys out there running the bans, and that’s because they haven’t been working. When we stop them [they say] ‘well, we need to take the chance. We don’t want to not get the job, because the next guy that comes along is going to get it over top of us’. That’s where we’re seeing the economy pick up.”
Information on County road bans can be found here, or by calling the Public Works Department at 780-532-7393.
Information on road bans in the MD of Greenview can be found here, or by calling 780-524-7602.
Anyone looking for road ban information in the City of Grande Prairie can do so by calling the Citizen Contact Centre at 780-538-0300.