Update: see previous post – February 211, 2013 – Toronto: The Fixer – Councillors Want Cops to Extend 10-Minute Grace Period for Overtime Parking
Council is poised to tell the city’s Blue Hornets not to sting Toronto drivers with parking tickets unless more than 10 minutes pass following expiry of their paid tickets.
In a surprise move Monday, April 8, 2013 the government management committee voted to ask Toronto Police Services Board to order the parking enforcement unit not to issue parking tickets to drivers until 10 minutes after their paid parking has expired on city streets. If the change goes through, city municipal law enforcement officers would also be ordered not to issue parking tickets until after the 10-minute grace period has expired.
The move – which has to be approved by city council – would end the bizarre situation whereby the city will cancel a parking ticket if you get it within 10 minutes of your paid parking expiring. But the city doesn’t stop the Toronto Police parking enforcement unit from issuing the ticket within the grace period in the first place.
Committee chair Paul Ainslie moved the parking-ticket quick-fix Monday.
“I think it is widely accepted out there, it is at least widely understood, that people have a 10-minute grace period,” Ainslie said. “I think it is taking up a lot of time, money and effort of our staff in dealing with this and I think it needs to be understood by the Toronto Police department as well.”
Last year, council voted to give drivers a 10-minute grace period, rather than a five-minute grace period, for parking tickets in a bid to reduce court costs. So far, city staff say “99% of the time” the ticket gets cancelled if it is within the 10-minute grace period.
Councillor Mary Fragedakis questioned why the grace period wasn’t automatic.
“If it is a grace period, it is a grace period,” Fragedakis said.
Councillor Doug Ford said city staff can’t be “judge and jury.”
“We should have a pretty steadfast rule on that one,” he said.