Update: see previous post – July 27, 2015 HOV Lanes to Be Reduced to Two Occupants Effective July 28, 2015
TORONTO – Police dished out nearly $200,000 in fines to motorists caught illegally using the controversial HOV lanes in the GTA during the Pan Am Games.
Toronto cops and OPP officers issued 1,735 tickets for improper HOV use between June 29 and July 26, and an additional 2,000 tickets for other Highway Traffic Act offences along the Games Route Network.
The penalty for improper HOV use in Ontario is three demerit points and a fine of $110, meaning the province stands to rake in $190,850 if all HOV tickets are paid.
Leading up to and throughout the Pan Am Games, many motorists expressed outrage as their daily commutes slowed from a crawl to a standstill on sections of the QEW, Hwy. 401, Hwy. 427, Hwy. 404, Gardiner Expressway, DVP, and Lake Shore Blvd. in Toronto and Jane St. in Vaughan, where HOV lanes are temporarily in place.
Drivers routinely found themselves sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic watching Pan Am-accredited vehicles, buses and vehicles with three or more occupants whiz by in the left lane.
The Pan Am Games have come and gone, but the temporary HOV lanes remain until Aug. 18, following the conclusion of the Parapan Am Games.
The HOV lane restrictions have been loosened to include vehicles with two or more occupants