Update: see previous posts – 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)
Maybe Friday the 13th is an unlucky day – at least for motorists driving and parking in Toronto.
On the last day of Toronto City Council, before the City Councillors depart on a summer vacation; City Council voted 25 to 7 today to increase on-street parking rates.
The City of Toronto anticipates raising increased revenue of approximately $4,000,000.00 via the Toronto Parking Authority.
The pay-and-display and on-street parking meters will increase by .50 cents:
- $2.00 will increase to $2.50
- $2.50 will increase to $3.00
- $3.50 will increase to $4.00
Motorists parking in areas such as the Annex, Bloor Street, Danforth Avenue and Kensington Market will feel the sting of the increase.
Those on City Council who supported the motion to charge motorists more in parking rates, justified imposing the increase by relying on the fact that rates have remained fixed for the last 5 years (since 2007).
The parking machines and meters will be updated quickly in the next six (6) weeks, beginning with the most popular parking machines and meters downtown.