Ontario: Fire Hydrant’s and Accessible Parking Permits

Update: see previous posts – August 1, 2011 Parking Within Three (3) Metres (or 9.8424 Feet) of a Fire Hydrant

Driver's with an accessible parking permit, who park within 3 metres (or about 10 feet) of a fire hydrant will receive a parking ticket with a fine of $100, with a total payment owing of $125.00
Driver’s with an accessible parking permit, who park within 3 metres (or about 10 feet) of a fire hydrant will receive a parking ticket with a fine of $100, with a total payment owing of $125.00

The City of Toronto increased the fines for parking within 3 metres (9.8424 feet – almost 10 feet) of a Fire Hydrant (offence number 15) in March 2008 from a $30 fine to a $100 fine. At the same time, Toronto increased the fine for parking in a Fire Route from $75.00 or $100.00 to a whopping $250 and Parking in a Disabled Parking Zone from $150.00 to an incredible $450.00.

Many parking offences in the City of Toronto do not require signage to put motorists on notice.  Parking too close (within 3 metres or 9,8424 – almost 10 feet) to a Fire Hydrant (offence number 15) is one of those offences that don’t require signage.

The fine placed on a parking ticket placed on a vehicle parked too close to a fire hydrant is $100.00.  This does not include the victim fine surcharge of $20.00 or the court fee of $5.00 for a total payable amount of $125.00.

In the event there is a fire and firefighters need to extinguish the fire, they need access to the fire hydrant without having to deal with a vehicle parked in front of it or any other obstructions.

Although some driver’s who have the accessible parking permit believe they are entitled to park anywhere with a valid permit, they cannot park in front or adjacent to fire hydrant and if they do, they will receive a heavy parking ticket.

This parked vehicle has an accessible parking permit, but is parked too close to the fire hydrant
This parked vehicle has an accessible parking permit, but is parked too close to the fire hydrant

Never park too close to the hydrant:                      

When you attempt to park adjacent to a fire hydrant, make sure you get out and are roughly 10 feet/3 metres from the hydrant after you park
When you attempt to park adjacent to a fire hydrant, make sure you get out and are roughly 10 feet/3 metres from the hydrant after you park

 

The bumper of the vehicle is parked too close to the fire hydrant
The bumper of the vehicle is parked too close to the fire hydrant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the rules that someone that has an accessible parking permit is not exempt from:

Non-exemptions (general)
Vehicles displaying accessible permits are not exempt from the following general, unsigned prohibitions:

  • no parking/no stopping/no standing areas in designated emergency or snow routes
  • no parking within 60 cm of a driveway
  • no stopping/parking on a bridge
  • no parking within 3 metres of a fire hydrant
  • no parking within 9 metres (signs not required) or 15 metres (signs required) of an intersection
  • parking in designated no standing and no stopping areas
  • no parking in a designated fire route
  • no parking in a public lane
  • no parking within a stand designated for taxicabs
  • no parking at a place marked by an authorized sign as a passenger or freight loading zone during the time shown on the sign
  • no parking in a position as will prevent the removal of any other vehicle previously parked
  • no parking on private/municipal property if parked in a designated accessible location must pay a fee if one is required on that property also must display a valid accessible permit. If vehicle is parked in a regular parking spot (non-accessible), the permit holder must ensure that they follow the same rules as other users of the property
  • no overnight parking between the hours of 2 a.m.- 6 a.m., from December 1 to March 31 in the former area of North York only.
Anyone parking within 3 metres or about 10 feet of a fire hydrant, with or without an accessible parking permit, will receive a parking ticket with a $100.00 fine ($125 with the victim fine surcharge and a $5 fee)
Anyone parking within 3 metres or about 10 feet of a fire hydrant, with or without an accessible parking permit, will receive a parking ticket with a $100.00 fine ($125 with the victim fine surcharge and a $5 fee)

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