Update: see previous posts – March 29, 2013 Toronto: More Motorists Avoid Paying for Parking Tickets By Using the Rules in Place, February 15, 2013 Street Permit Parking: Councillor Paula Fletcher Seeks Grace Period for Bi-Weekly Switch, January 22, 2013 Toronto Parking: A 20 Minute Grace Period for Permit-Holders Unloading Goods?, January 8, 2013 City of Toronto Neglects to Enforce 10-Minute Parking Grace Period in Etobicoke, December 23, 2012 Toronto Parking Tickets – Issued Before the 10 Minute Grace Period is Up and Only Two of These Tickets Will be Cancelled, December 20, 2012 Toronto Parking Ticket – 10 Minute Grace Period Only Offered Twice to Motorists, November 27, 2012 Toronto: Meter Parking Comes With An Additional 10 Minute Grace Period, July 11, 2012 Toronto to Increase On-Street Time-Restricted Parking “Grace Period” to 10 Minutes, February 6, 2012 Toronto Increases Rush Hour Parking Fines from $60 to $150 and Blocking Bike Lanes Anytime is Worth a $150 Ticket, April 13, 2011 Parking Tickets (Toronto) Cancelled Electronically, via Facsimile or Email, July 1, 2010 Parking Ticket Cancellation Guidelines, May 20, 2010 Parking Ticket Exemptions (25 Page Document – Toronto)
It is now up to Toronto police to give drivers a break on paid parking that expires within 10 minutes of the arrival of a parking enforcement officer.
If police go along with council’s request, drivers will no longer have to go to a parking tag operations office or online to cancel a ticket issued within 10 minutes of the expiry of paid parking.
Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43, Scarborough East), who made the motion, said it makes more sense for police to extend the grace period than force drivers and city staff go to the trouble and expense of cancelling it.
We’ve been reporting on the city’s reluctance to inform the public about the grace period and ticket cancellation guidelines, which is at odds with council’s intention to extend mercy to people who are a few minutes late.
More from thestar.com:
There also seems to be a lot of confusion on the part of counter staff at parking tag offices, some of whom believed that a maximum of just two tickets could be cancelled.
City councillors have taken heat from retailers on streets such as St. Clair Ave. over $30 tickets issued to customers right after their paid parking ran out, saying it is so annoying that they won’t come back.
We argued that if enforcement officers held back on a ticket until 10 minutes after paid parking expires, it would be more efficient and better reflect the spirit of the grace period.
Police say they already hold back for five minutes before issuing tickets, but we recently got one that was issued just three minutes after our time expired, and previously had others for less than five minutes.
After our last column, Toronto police spokesperson Mark Pugash left us a phone message saying that if council wants police to extend the grace period, “it has a lot of work to do.”
He was referring to the need for a formal request from council to the police board to amend enforcement rules.
No more excuses now.