Update: see previous posts – August 1, 2011 Parking Within Three (3) Metres (or 9.8424 Feet) of a Fire Hydrant
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.
Never park too close to the hydrant:
Here are some of the rules that someone that has an accessible parking permit is not exempt from:
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.