Yesterday, Toronto police urged by Mayor John Tory, began another ticket and tow blitz for all motorists parked in rush-hour routes, during rush hour in the downtown area (Dufferin to the Don Valley and Bloor to Lakeshore), where gridlock and congestion is known to paralyze the downtown core. Rush hour in Toronto is defined in two four hour windows – 6-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m.
According to Toronto Police, the city tickets around 150,000 vehicles with out-of-province plates every year, but only around 15% pay the fines. There are currently 7,700 vehicles with out-of-town plates that have accumulated three or more parking tickets and have made it onto the city’s list of habitual offenders.
On January 5, 2015, the Mayor, through Police, conducted his first ticket & tow blitz with the following results:
592 parking tickets
37 Provincial Offence notices were issued
76 vehicles were towed.
Exactly nine (9) months later, on October 5, 2015 the Mayor, through Police, conducted a second blitz and with the following results:
672 parking tickets (80 more tickets than the 1st blitz)
10 Provincial Offence notices were issued (27 less than the 1st blitz)
100 vehicle towed (24 more than the 1st blitz)
Since Mayor Tory initiated the ticketing and towing blitz during rush hour in the rush-hour routes back on January 5, 2015, parking enforcement officers and police have issued 63,122 tickets and towed 12,681 vehicles. in addition, police have targeted “habitual offenders” and have towed 11,310 vehicles with Ontario licence plates and 993 vehicles with out-of-province licence plates.
The Mayor has vowed to look at other areas (outside of the downtown core which has 60 km’s of arterial roads which is currently targeted for these blitzes) to expand his ticket/tow policy. He wants to identify 3 or 4 hotspots outside of downtown to start to aggressively ticket and tow vehicles which are parking illegally during rush hour. He mentioned two busy intersections -Yonge & Sheppard and Kennedy & Steeles as examples.
Toronto Police Service Contract Rates and Fees.
The Toronto Police Service contract towing and storage fees are based on the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 545 – Licensing, Article VI Owners and Drivers of Tow Trucks – starting on page 94 (see 545-67 to 545-122 inclusive) see 545-103 – Towing of Vehicles less than 6,000 Pounds from Accidents; Maximum Fees, which establishes rates for towing vehicles from collision scenes on a highway. The Toronto Police Service standard tow fee may not exceed a total price of $230.00, being the combination of the towing fee and the fees for one day of storage, excluding any applicable taxes.
The standard tow fee for each district is listed with the tow company contact information.
Standard tow fees apply to all police authorized impounds of vehicles with a gross
vehicle weight of less than 5001 lbs., located within the road allowance or where the tow truck can be driven to the vehicle to be towed. The use of dollies is included in the
standard tow rates. Winching and off-road recovery costs are permitted to be charged in addition to the flat rate.
The storage day is 24 hours from the time the vehicle arrives at the pound. Twenty-five
per cent of the 24 hour storage fee is chargeable for each hour of the first 4 hours, which shall include any part of an hour. One hour is payable as soon as the vehicle arrives at the pound. (The hourly rate and minimum rate will reapply at the conclusion of each 24 hour period.)
Is your car missing? Have you been towed?
If your car is not where you last parked it, it may not necessarily be stolen. Vehicles are impounded and relocated at all times for various reasons.
If your car has been moved,follow these steps:
Call the Toronto Police Service non-emergency line at 416-808-2222, press 4, then press 2, which will put you in contact with the communications dispatcher.
Have the correct vehicle licence plate number and your vehicle’s last known location available.
The dispatcher will advise you if your car has been impounded or relocated, as well as the vehicle’s current location.
Once you have determined that your vehicle has been impounded, call the appropriate
towing company immediately to make arrangements to retrieve it. Remember that storage fees continue to accrue, so attend to your vehicle as quickly as possible.
The storage day is 24 hours from the time the vehicle arrives at the pound. Twenty-five per cent of the 24-hour storage fee is chargeable for each of the first four hours, which shall include any part of an hour. One hour is payable as soon as the vehicle arrives at the pound.
The hourly rate and minimum rate will reapply at the conclusion of each 24-hour period.
To find the police contract towing service provider in your area, please refer to the information found below. Information for the tow company and their contract rates are
Comments, Questions and Complaints.
Any concerns can be forwarded directly to the towing contractor. Please refer to the
attached information. Most have an Email contact listed, or are available directly from
Or you can contact the Toronto Police Service Pound Supervisor.