TORONTO – Councillor David Shiner wants to see a crackdown on cars parked illegally – including Toronto Police vehicles.
Shiner led the government management committee Monday in voting to ask the Toronto Police Services Board to look at increasing parking enforcement on arterial roads during rush hours and on all roads with bike lanes.
“I want to see them enforce the rules on parking,” Shiner said. “I want to see them enforce the rules to be sure that in rush hour people that are stopping in no stopping zones, in bicycle lanes, in rush hour routes actually are summons for it.”
The government management committee chairman said when he drives around the city during rush hour, he’s frustrated to see frontline police officers not ticketing parking violators.
“People are stopping as if there is no parking enforcement and worst of all, I see a police car drive by,” he said.
During the debate, Shiner questioned why parking enforcement officers don’t ticket police cars parked illegally.
“Our police officers are not above the law,” Shiner told the committee.
“Everyone should be treated the same.”
The committee got an update on the number of parking tickets issued in 2013. According to the report, the city issued almost 5% fewer parking tickets last year compared to 2012.
Councillor Doug Ford said if the drop in parking ticket revenue continued it would be tough to keep the same number of parking enforcement officers.
“I look at it like a business, sales are down 5%,” Ford said.
Councillor Mary Fragedakis applauded the drop in tickets.
“I couldn’t be happier,” Fragedakis said.