Tickets in Toronto

How Much Do We Contribute to this source of Revenue?

As an example of how much motorists contribute to the Revenue of The City of Toronto, it is approximately Eighty Million ($ 80,000,000.00) a year on all parking fines collected.  The biggest contributor to Toronto’s parking fines revenue (60% or $ 48,000,000.00- 48 million) were those who live on the outskirts of Toronto, commonly referred to as the “905” area (the first three (3) digits of the phone area code) ie: Ajax, Brampton, Mississauga, Oshawa, Pickering, Whitby, etc.

What is the City’s Annual Budget for Policing?

Out of the City’s total operating budget of 3.4 Billion dollars, about 25% or $855 million go to the Toronto Police Services Board and the 5500 police officers.

If police officers come to traffic court on a day off, they are paid a minimum of four (4) hours of overtime (over $200) even if they make a ten minute appearance or a minimum of three (3) hours of overtime (over $150) if they show up for a court appearance, before they are scheduled to start their regular shift at work.  This costs the City six (6) million dollars a year in overtime payments to police officers.

It should be kept in mind that about 94% of this $855 million dollar budget is spent on the salaries and benefits of the Police force.  A first class constable is paid between $ 75,865 and $82,695 a year (if benefits were included, it well exceeds $ 100,000.00 a year). A Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement Officer (green hornet) receives anywhere between $48,500.18 to $52,918.27 on an annual basis.

How many Parking Tickets did Toronto issue in 2007 & 2006?

In 2007, the City of Toronto, through the Toronto Police Services (either through Parking Enforcement Officers (commonly referred to as “Green Hornets”) or Municipal Law Enforcement Officers (MLEO’s) or actual Police Officers issued 2,888,234.00 (Two Million, Eight Hundred and Eighty Eight Thousand, Two Hundred and Thirty Four) Tickets.

In 2006, the City of Toronto, issued 2,852,100.00 (Two Million, Eight Hundred and Fifty Two Thousand, and One Hundred) Tickets.

In 2007, the City of Toronto, issued 36,134 more tickets than in 2006.  If this trend continues, there is no doubt that over 3 million tickets will be issued in the upcoming years of 2008, 2009, 2010 etc.

How many Parking Tickets did Toronto issue in 2008?

In 2008, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Police Services (either through Parking Enforcement Officers (commonly referred to as “Green Hornets”) or Municipal Law Enforcement Officers (MLEO’s) or actual Police Officers issued 2,902,929 (Two million, nine hundred and two thousand and nine hundred and twenty nine) Tickets.

In 2008, the City of Toronto issued 14,695 more tickets than in 2007. The City of Toronto is hoping to generate a million tickets in 2009, 2010, 2011 etc.

How many people who were issued parking tickets in Toronto in 2007 actually challenged them?

Sadly, out of the almost 2.9 million parking tickets issued, only 175,655 (or 6.08%) of people who received tickets sought to challenge their ticket and requested a trial.  On an even more distressing point, of the 28,345 ticket recipients that proceeded to trial, only 8515 (or 30.04%) people ended up winning their cases.  The other 69.96% (or 19,830) ended up receiving convictions by a Justice of the Peace.  These individuals who lost their ticket challenges, did not have the opportunity to review this site before they proceeded to court.

How many people who were issued parking tickets in Toronto in 2008 actually challenged them?

Summary of Trial Requests and Court Conviction Activity – 2008 (see Appendix “C” page 7)
Number of Tickets Issued = 2,902,929
Number of Trial Requests = 247,618
Percentage of Trial Requests = 8.53%
Total Number on Docket = 37,423
Total Number Convicted = 27,801
Percentage Convicted = 74.29%

The information above demonstrates that in 2008, almost a million tickets were issued and only 8.53% (247,618) of those ticketed, requested a trial. Out of the 37,423 tickets that proceeded to trial, 27,801 were convicted (74.29%). This means that only 9,622 tickets or 25.71% were successful and thrown out. These numbers reveal that 1 in 4, who proceed to trial will win and that the other 3 will be convicted; largely due to a lack of knowledge of the system or of their rights. These individuals who lost their ticket challenges, did not have the opportunity to review this site before they proceeded to court.

In 2007 and 2006, which were the top 2 grossing parking tickets in the City of Toronto:

Offence/Bylaw ViolationFine AmountTickets Issued in 2006Tickets Issued in 2007
NumberPercentTotal ValueNumberPercentTotal Value
No Parking -“Park Signed Highway during Prohibited Time/Days”$30.00628,21222.03%$18,846,360.00644,16222.30%$19,324,860.00
Expired Meter Offences – “Park at Expired Meter, Fail to Deposit Fee/Display Receipt”$30.00661,68223.20%$19,850,460.00621,04421.50%$18,631,320.00
Total:1,289,89445.23%$38,696,820.001,265,20643.80%$37,956,180.00

How much Revenue does each Parking Ticket generate?

The parking tickets (Top 7 alleged violations) that Toronto relied upon in 2007 to generate the most revenue are as follows:

Offence/Bylaw ViolationFine AmountTickets Issued in 2007
NumberPercentTotal Value
No Parking -“Park Signed Highway during Prohibited Time/Days”$30.00644,16222.30%$19,324,860.00
Expired Meter Offences – “Park at Expired Meter, Fail to Deposit Fee/Display Receipt”$30.00621,04421.50%$18,631,320.00
No Vaild Permit – “Park on/at Prohibited area/location without a Permit”$30.00469,96316.27%$14,098,890.00
Private Property – “Park Vehicle on Private Property without Consent”$30.00285,5729.89%$8,567,160.00
No Stopping – “Stop Vehicle signed Highway Prohibited Time/Day”$60.00159,4765.52%$9,568,560.00
Parking – 3 Hour Limit – “Parking Longer than 3 Hours”$30.00119,6714.14%$3,590,130.00
No Standing – “Stand Vehicle Signed Highway Prohibited Time/Day”$60.00112,6083.90%$6,756,480.00
Total:2,412,49683.52%$80,537,400.00

Source:  All figures for the tables on this page taken from this City of Toronto document.

See where the most amount of tickets (top ten (10) locations) were generated in the City of Toronto in 2008 (mainly near hospitals and Universities).

Update: February 5, 2010: An auditor’s report has revealed that as of December 2008, City of Toronto books showed about $103 million in unpaid fines.

Update: Parking Activity in Toronto in 2009.

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