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Thompson Rivers University

Parking Regulations

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) hereby offers space for public parking of vehicles on the terms and conditions noted. You accept this offer by parking on this lot. Do not park on this lot if you do not agree to these terms. TRU rents parking space only and does not take custody of the vehicle. TRU accepts no responsibility for the loss, theft or damage to vehicles or contents. If you do not register your plate at the parking meter or purchase a permit online, you will be responsible for a violation fee of $60 per day or portion thereof. TRU reserves the right to tow any vehicle parked on this lot in violation of these conditions at owner’s risk and expense. By parking on this lot, you grant permission to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia to provide registered owner information, including name and address for the vehicle, to TRU and its agents for the purpose of collecting unpaid parking fees and issuing violation notices.

Pay parking and enforcement

Pay parking by e-permit or hourly meter is in effect at the TRU Kamloops campus 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday (including mid-semester breaks and exam periods). Permits are verified through license plate numbers except in the case of reserved and specialty permits and day passes.

On evenings, Saturdays, Sundays, statutory holidays and days that TRU is officially closed, there is no charge for use of pay parking lots.

Vehicles must be parked in parking lots and in designated marked parking stalls. Parking is prohibited on roads and roadways in parking lots, entrances and exits to/from parking lots, emergency/fire lanes, sidewalks, grassy areas, stairway areas, and any area not clearly marked as a parking space.

Any vehicle parked without a valid permit, parking in a non-parking space, or impeding travel or pedestrian walkways will be subject to a ticket and/or towing without warning at the owner's risk and expense. 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.

If you believe you received a ticket in error, email with a photo of your ticket and include your name/TID and lot you were parked in. Parking will verify if an error was made and cancel tickets under such circumstances.

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 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. Gated visitor parking lot L2 is for pre-registered guests of TRU departments/units and is not available for hourly/daily visitors. Departments/units are required to register in advance with the Parking Office to have their guests park in L2. Unregistered users will be ticketed and/or towed.

Cancellation policy

You are responsible for the cancellation of your parking permit, unless the permit itself is set to expire.

When you cancel a permit, you are cancelling as of the beginning of the next billing period. As such, your credit card will NOT be charged for the next billing period and your parking permissions will remain intact until the end of your current billing period.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations made during a billing period. Cancellation will be in effect at the start of the next billing period. No refunds will be given for cancelled reserved parking permits.

Abuse of parking privileges, outstanding violations, or other misuse of the system may result in administrators cancelling your permit on your behalf.

Reserved and premium parking

Please ensure you note all parking lot signage; online maps may be out of date. Each numbered reserved stall—marked with a red and white sign—is assigned to one specific person and is not interchangeable. Premium permit-holders can park in any unmarked stall in the lot specified by your permit.

If you find another vehicle in your reserved stall, you may park temporarily in any general or economy lot but not in a premium lot. Please don't take action against the vehicle; instead contact the Parking Office immediately (250-828-5368) to get the issue resolved and to ensure you are not ticketed while in a general or economy lot. If you do receive a ticket, contact the Parking Office to cancel it.

Reserved permit-holders are eligible to renew their current permits each year.


Parking fines can be paid online or in person at the Parking Office desk on the first floor of the Campus Activity Centre (CAC 141).

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 $60 fine ($30 if paid within seven days) payable to TRU.

Unpaid fines are referred to a collection agency after five weeks. Further unpaid violations will result in the vehicle being towed. Towing charges of $200 and up are set by and payable to the towing company.


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 $30 appeal fee (per ticket) within 10 calendar days of receipt of the violation notice. The appeal will not be heard by PAAC without the $30 fee (per ticket). If successful, the appeal fee(s) will be refunded to the appellant and the ticket will be cancelled. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the fee will not be refunded and the parking ticket must be paid. 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 by Impark staff, 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 the TRU Parking Office at 250-828-5368. Tell us which meter or ticket dispenser is not working, plus your licence plate number. The parking attendant will be notified of the problem.

Overnight parking restricted

No person shall occupy a parked vehicle on campus overnight, regardless of valid parking permit.

Overnight parking is only allowed in lots M, N, Z and XT, unless otherwise approved by the Parking Office.

Lots NT and WH are gated overnight. Lot NT is closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Lot WH is closed from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Prevent theft

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

TRU campus is an idle-free zone

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.

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