City of Toronto to Force Motorcyclists/Electric Scooter to Pay for “P” Parking

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Row of Motorcycles. parked at the correct angle at a "P" parking location in Toronto

Toronto City Council voted Thursday to put free  parking for motorcycles in Toronto under the microscope. Mayor Rob Ford said he thinks motorcycles should have to pay to park.

“Of course,” Ford told reporters.

Council voted 28-2 for a staff review of the perk for motorcycles and  scooters. The review by city staff is due in February.

Budget Chief Mike Del Grande and Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam called for the  review after years of motorcycles and scooters being exempted from paying for  street parking in Hogtown. The review will also look at whether the city should keep exempting motorcycles from paying for long-term, on-street parking  permits.

Councillors Adam Vaughan and Joe Mihevc were the only two councillors to vote  against the review.

Vaughan called motorcycles and electric scooters “far less burdensome” forms  of traffic for the city.

“I don’t think we should be charging them the same as cars when they don’t  take up a full parking spot,” Vaughan said. “This is another cash grab by the  Ford administration and yet we are not helping ease congestion.”

Del Grande said it’s about “fairness” and it’s his job as budget chief to question “freebies.”     

The Scarborough-Agincourt councillor laughed at Vaughan’s accusation his motorcycle motion was a “cash grab.”

“(Vaughan) of all people who talks about new revenue sources or looking for revenues, they suck and blow at the same time,” Del Grande said.

Marilynn Bastedo, CEO of the Canadian Motorcycle Association, called any removal of free parking for motorcycles a “backward step” for the city.

“Many forward looking cities, especially in Europe, recognize that by encouraging two-wheeled transportation, congestion and pollution is greatly reduced,” she said in an e-mail Thursday. “The loss of parking revenues is
miniscule compared to the benefits.”

If council did reverse the free parking privileges, Bastedo said the message would be “we (as a council) don’t care about reducing pollution and congestion” and that “it’s easy to target small groups in our community who have little influence on the decision making process.”


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