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Other Parking Information

Accessible parking

Accessible parking stalls are designated in various lots on campus as shown on the map below. They are usually closest to buildings and located in premium lots, but are discounted to the general lot rate. 

To use an accessible space, your vehicle must display either a valid provincial placard, or a short-term placard available from the Parking Office (with an approved doctor’s note). Along with the placard, you must display a valid parking permit. Use hangTag or see Parking Permits to obtain a daily or long-term general permit.

Visitor parking lots I, K, P and Q also have metered accessibility spaces.

Motorcycle parking

Motorcycle parking is available for $12.50 per week (available via ePermit), or for $2.50 per day (12-hour period) from dispensers in designated motorcycle stalls in parking lots C and W or hangTag app (select lot W, change Zone to Motorcycle - usable in both lot C and W)

Motorcycle parking permits are only valid in designated motorcycle spaces. If you park your motorcycle in economy, general, premium or reserved spaces, those rates apply.

Contractors and service vehicles

Service vehicle parking spaces are typically located to have easy access to buildings. Every contractor parking at TRU must apply at the Facilities Office for a service vehicle permit to use those spaces, in addition to purchasing a parking permit. Visit the Facilities Office or contact the Parking Office at 250-828-5368 or by email for more information.

Vehicles parking in a service vehicle space without displaying valid permits will immediately be subject to a parking violation and/or towing without warning at the owner's risk and expense. Service vehicle permits are issued to authorized service agencies and contractors doing business with TRU, and cannot be used for any other purpose.

Electric vehicles

TRU offers EV permits for use of campus charging stations. Learn more.


Share the costs of commuting and parking. Sign up for TRU Rideshare to find a carpool buddy or two.

Bicycle parking

Both secure parking and racks are available on campus.

Parking regulations

Pay parking

Pay parking is in effect at the TRU Kamloops campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, except for statutory holidays or days that TRU is officially closed.

Users must clearly display a valid permit on their rearview mirror or dashboard or register with ePermits during enforcement hours. On evenings, Saturdays, Sundays, and days when TRU is officially closed, there is no charge for use of pay parking lots. (Note, campus is not closed for Reading Break; pay parking is in effect.)

Any vehicle improperly parked or parked in a non-designated parking space, or parked without displaying a valid parking permit will be subject to a ticket and/or towing without warning at the owner’s risk and expense and/or suspension of parking privileges at TRU.

Any vehicle parked without insurance or with multiple outstanding ticket violations will be subject to towing without warning at the owner’s risk and expense and/or suspension of parking privileges at TRU.

Parking is prohibited in roadways, emergency or fire lanes, entrances to and exits from parking space, any area not clearly marked as a parking space, or in such a way as to block other vehicles, emergency vehicles, or impede travel. Any vehicle parked in a non-parking space or impeding travel will be subject to a ticket and/or towing without warning at the owner's risk and expense.  

Tiered parking permits

The purchase of a parking permit for economy or general lots does not guarantee a parking space. Space in these lots is on a first-come, first-served basis.

An economy permit is valid only in an economy lot; a general permit is valid in a general and economy lots (see the main parking map for locations). A premium permit does guarantee a space, but is valid in one specified lot only, not in any other premium lot. A reserved permit is valid for a specific numbered stall only, and is not valid in any other parking space on campus. Permits are not valid in any metered visitor parking lots.

No refunds on long-term parking permits will be given for unused days.


By bringing a vehicle onto the TRU Kamloops campus, users accept the application of TRU's applicable policies and rules. Any vehicles in violation of these rules are subject to an immediate $50 fine ($25 if paid within 7 days) payable to TRU.

Unpaid fines are referred to a collection agency after 5 weeks. Further unpaid violations will result in the vehicle being towed. Towing charges of $175 and up are set by and payable to the towing company.

Parking fines can be paid online or in person at the Parking Office on the first floor of the Campus Activity Centre (CAC).


The TRU Parking Appeal and Advisory Committee (PAAC), composed of students, faculty, staff and administrative members, will hear appeals in regard to all parking violations.

To appeal a fine, submit the Parking Appeal Form and the $25 appeal fee (per ticket) within 10 calendar days of receipt of the violation notice. The appeal will not be heard by PAAC without the $25 fee (per ticket). If the appeal is successful, the fee will be returned; if unsuccessful, the fee will be used to discharge the ticket. Further information on filing appeals for warnings, fines or towing is available from the TRU Parking Office.

Need assistance?

If you need assistance, the Parker Pete motorist assistance program offers free services to Impark customers. If you have a dead battery or a flat tire, you are out of fuel, or your keys are locked in your vehicle, call toll-free 1-877-771-7383. All calls received are coordinated, with services performed by an authorized third-party. If a tow is required, Impark will make arrangements but you must pay the cost.

If a meter or ticket dispenser is not working, contact Parking Services at 250-828-5368. Tell us which ticket dispenser or meter is not working, plus your licence plate number. The parking attendant will be notified of the problem.

Overnight parking

No person shall occupy a parked vehicle on campus overnight, regardless of valid parking permit. Overnight parking is only allowed in Lot M, Lot N, Lot Z and Lot XT, unless otherwise approved by the Parking Office.

Idle-free campus

To reduce unnecessary air emissions and energy use, the TRU campus is an idle-free zone. The TRU Anti-Idling Guidelines set the following limitations for any vehicle operating on the TRU campus and for any TRU fleet vehicle whenever in operation.

  • Vehicles shall never be left idling when unattended.
  • Engine warm-up periods should not exceed one minute (provided air pressure for air brake systems are fully charged and all safety provisions are in place).
  • Light–duty vehicles (passenger size) should be shut down whenever idling periods are expected to exceed one minute.
  • Heavy-duty vehicles (such as buses and cargo trucks) should be shut down whenever idling periods are expected to exceed three minutes.

Exceptions, such as for emergency vehicles, are identified in point 4 of the guidelines.

Extensive research has shown that engine warm-ups should not last more than 10 seconds under average air temperatures. In extreme cold weather, a one-minute warm-up is appropriate. The best way to warm up a vehicle is to drive it gently to start with.

Read the TRU Anti-Idling Guidelines

Prevent theft

To help prevent theft from vehicles, please ensure that valuables are not left in vehicles or are locked in the trunk. Even better, leave valuables at home.


Any motor vehicle parked, operated, or driven on campus shall be solely at the risk of the owner and the operator. Thompson Rivers University shall not be liable for any damage occasioned to any motor vehicle, the operator, other occupants thereof, or any person, unless such damage has resulted from negligence of the servant or agent of the University acting in the course and within the scope of his employment.

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