Toronto: Parking Ticket Fines During Rush Hour Raised to $150 and 3 Unpaid/Undisputed Parking Tickets Will Result in Towing

Update: see previous post – February 6, 2012 Toronto Increases Rush Hour Parking Fines from $60 to $150 and Blocking Bike Lanes Anytime is Worth a $150 Ticket, January 4, 2012 Toronto Takes Advantage of Rush Hour Gridlock By Tripling Parking Fine$, November 15, 2011 War on Car? Toronto Towing Fees Up 100% in March, 2012?, October 6, 2011 Toronto Towing is Down, Grinding Gridlock is Up, June 27, 2011 Expert Consultants Invited to Toronto to Come Up with Permanent Solutions for Grinding Gridlock, October 20, 2010 Toronto – Total Gridlock, March 30, 2010 Toronto Ranks 19 Out of 19 in Daily Commuting Times

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Beginning on Friday, January 24, 2014 Toronto Parking Enforcement will have motorists towed who have three (3) unpaid/undisputed parking tickets. This is why motorists must contest their parking tickets, by requesting a trial.  The other changes will be huge parking tickets for $150.00 to a motorist who is parked in a bike path at anytime or any no stop, no stand or during rush-hour.
Beginning all out on Monday, January 27, 2014 Toronto Parking Enforcement will have motorists towed who have three (3) unpaid/undisputed parking tickets. This is why motorists must contest their parking tickets, by requesting a trial. The other changes will be huge parking tickets with a $150.00 fine to a motorist who is parked in a bike path at anytime or at any no stop, no stand or no park zone (Mon.-Fri.) during rush-hour ( rush hour (8 hrs.) is defined as 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and or 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m ). Enforcement for the above noted situations begin on Thursday.

The City of Toronto is about to get a lot tougher on drivers who park illegally on city streets during rush hour.

Officials are set to announce stricter parking by-laws on Tuesday that will increase the fine for parking illegally during rush hour to a fixed-rate of $150, up from the current $60.

The increased rush-hour fine will be in effect for eight (8) hours every Mon-Fri. from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Effective Friday, January 24, 2014 if anyone is parked in a bicycle path, at anytime, they will receive a parking ticket, with a $150.00 fine.  If anyone parks in a no stop, no stand or no parking area during rush hour (defined as 6-10 am or 3-7 pm) from Mon-Fri they will receive a $150 parking fine.  If anyone has received 3 parking tickets that are not paid or not disputed, they will have their vehicle towed off the street. To get their vehicle back, the total damages will be much higher than 3 parking tickets. These tickets will not be reduced and therefore should all be challenged.
Effective Thursday, January 23, 2014 at midnight,  if anyone is parked in a bicycle path, at anytime, they will receive a parking ticket, with a $150.00 fine. If anyone parks in a no stop, no stand or no parking zone during rush hour (defined as 6-10 am or 3-7 pm) from Mon-Fri, they will receive a $150 parking fine. If anyone has received 3 parking tickets that are not paid for or not disputed, they will have their vehicle towed off the street. To get their vehicle back, the total damages will be much higher than then the total price of 3 parking tickets. These tickets with a $150 fine, will not be reduced in the amount fined and therefore should always be challenged. Drivers have a two (2) – week grace period to settle outstanding tickets before the city will actually start towing vehicles. In an effort to get motorists to pay their tickets, the city will also start to tow your car if you’re caught illegally parked with three or more parking tickets that haven’t been paid in 120 days.

Officials say the new fine structure will be all-or-nothing and that drivers will no longer be able to get such fines reduced.

Drivers in the city were not happy to learn of the new laws.

“I think it’s understandable, but still unfair. It’s one of those things you think about every so often, you think you’re just getting gouged a little bit,” said one Toronto resident.

Under the new rules, tow trucks can also haul away a car if there are three unpaid, undisputed tickets on the offending driver’s record. The City is rolling this new initiative, providing a two (2) grace period for motorists to pay the outstanding fines before they start towing.

The city also now has a fixed fine for parking tickets — meaning they can’t be lowered by a judge — to try to discourage residents from fighting them in court to try to get a reduced fine. But based on the new initiative, it is important to challenge everyone of these tickets, this way you won’t be towed for having unpaid/unchallenged/undisputed parking tickets.

In an effort to get motorists to pay their tickets, the city will also start to tow your car if you’re caught illegally parked with three or more parking tickets that haven’t been paid in 120 days.

The city calls the measure the “Habitual Offender Towing Initiative.” Drivers have a two-week grace period to settle outstanding tickets before the city will actually start towing vehicles.

Habitual parking offenders — vehicle owners with three unpaid or unchallenged tickets — will have two weeks to get their fines paid. They will then be subject to immediate towing if they’re caught committing a fourth violation more than 120 days after their last offence.

A taxi parked in a bicycle lane.  If anyone parks, at anytime, in a bicycle lane, will receive a $150.00 ticket.
A taxi parked in a bicycle lane. If anyone parks, at anytime, blocking a bicycle lane, they will receive a $150.00 ticket.

“I don’t like that at all, that’s really dumb,” said one driver. “Three? They should at least give you like five.”

The new provisions will be in effect as of Thursday, January 23, 2014 at midnight.

Toronto councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, who is chair of the Public Works committee, says more details surrounding the new parking policies will be revealed on Tuesday.

Tow Truck companies are rubbing their hands together as they realize they will experience some brisk business and increased profits, especially in the downtown core (ie-University Ave.). The average charge for a tow, will cost motorist about $270 (for the tow and the impound fees).

As a result of the changes, motorists who receive $150 parking tickets will not have the opportunity to have that fine reduced, unless they challenge it and request a trial.  More and more motorists will find their vehicles missing from the street when they go to retrieve them, as their vehicles will be towed away if parking enforcement officers notice that the registered vehicle owner has three (3) or more parking tickets that are either unpaid and outstanding or have not been challenged or disputed. The costs to retrieve their vehicles will be payment of the unpaid/undisputed tickets, the costs of the towing and any costs associated with the storage of their vehicle at a pound.
As a result of the changes, motorists who receive $150 parking tickets will not have the opportunity to have that fine reduced, unless they challenge it and request a trial. More and more motorists will find their vehicles missing from the street when they go to retrieve them, as their vehicles will be towed away if parking enforcement officers notice that the registered vehicle owner has three (3) or more parking tickets that are either unpaid and outstanding or have not been challenged or disputed. The costs to retrieve their vehicles will be payment of the unpaid/undisputed tickets, the costs of the towing and any costs associated with the storage of their vehicle at a pound. The tow would cost $158 for the tow and $50 for the storage at the pound for the day, costing a total of $268 (not including the court fee and victim fine surcharge and the taxi fare of $40.00 from downtown, Toronto to the pound at 185 Bartley Drive in Scarborough).

Some of the by-laws that were amended in February, 2012 to make these changes and increase in fines possible:

1. City of Toronto By-Law No. 165-2012: Motorists that stop, stand or park a vehicle during all or any portion of the general rush hour period(s) of 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and or 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday to Friday except Public Holidays where official signs to prohibit parking, standing or stopping are displayed will now be subjected to a $150.00 fine. (The City of Toronto passed and enacted this new by-law February 7, 2012 which amended the City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 950, Traffic and Parking – February 7, 2012 CITY OF TORONTO BY – LAW No. 165- 2012 – New: by inserting a new Subsection A.1 in §950-405.)

2. City of Toronto By-Law No. 166-2012: Council also amended the City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 886, Footpaths, Pedestrian Ways, Bicycle Paths and Bicycle Lanes to increase the fixed fine amount to $150.00 with respect to the offences of stopping a vehicle other than a bicycle in a bicycle lane at anytime. (The City of Toronto passed and enacted this new by-law February 7, 2012 which amended the City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 886, Footpaths, Pedestrian Ways, Bicycle Paths and Bicycle Lanes, is amended by deleting Subsections C and D and inserting in lieu thereof new Subsections C, D and E)

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