Toronto Parking Tickets: Area’s of the City to Avoid

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Parking enforcement officers are extremely busy in filling their daily quota's.

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Being treated for a serious illness? Filling your mind with the knowledge you need to cure one? None of this, you illegal parker, will save you from the city’s most dreaded piece of yellow plastic.

Hospitals, universities and colleges are among the places where the most Toronto parking tickets are issued, an analysis by Toronto Star data guru Matthew Cole shows.

We looked at the 12.8 million tickets handed out between Jan. 1, 2008, and July 31, 2012, for which the city released complete data. The most-ticketed location over those four years and seven months: Sunnybrook hospital on Bayview Ave., with 48,379 tickets, or about 29 per day.

Canada Post vehicles are particularily vulnerable to parking tickets, as they park to pick-up mail or deliver in the downtown core that offers little or no parking

Five post-secondary institutions were among the top ticket hotspots. Seneca College on Finch Ave. E. placed second with 42,779; Centennial College, on Progress Ave., sixth with 16,207; University of Toronto Scarborough eighth with 13,858; and two locations near the downtown U of T campus ninth and tenth, with 12,116 and 11,881 respectively.

Eleventh place? The Queens Quay LCBO near the Star. Though no member of our staff has ever ignored important city bylaws while making a vodka run.

Ammunition for conspiracy theorists: the number of tickets issued per year barely changes. About 2.87 million tickets were issued in 2008, 2.77 million in 2009, 2.76 million in 2010, and 2.81 million in 2011.

Parking enforcement officers travel in vehicles, on bicycles and on foot and they are everywhere, eager to issue parking tickets to every vehicle that doesn't move

Sunday was the least-ticketed day by far, garnering only 10.8 per cent of all tickets. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays were responsible for about the same percentage of tickets, between 15.2 and 15.5 per cent. But Mondays were much quieter, with a mere 13.7 per cent.

Ticketing peaks around noon: Officers wrote 986,032 tickets between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. During the quietest hour, 5 a.m. to 6 a.m., they wrote 82,943.

Sometimes, parking enforcement officers become overzealous and over ticket some vehicles

For all of our whining about heartless Blue Hornets who refuse to grant us well-meaning folks a post-time-limit grace period, far more tickets (41.2 per cent) were for parking at a prohibited time than for parking longer than allowed (7.7 per cent) or failing to pay (21.7 per cent).

Nonetheless, most of us are sign-obeying citizens. Of all ticketed licence plates, 45 per cent were responsible for a mere one ticket over the 1,674 days we assessed. Only a quarter of licence plates gathered five tickets or more.

At times, parking enforcement officers travel in pairs, while ticketing vehicles

The single most egregious parking violator, on the other hand, racked up an astonishing 3,744 tickets — more than two per day. Almost all of those were earned in the downtown core west of Bay St., which strongly suggests that he or she is the city’s most carefree courier. In all, 157 plates got more than 1,000 tickets apiece.

March was the peak month for tickets, with 10 per cent, followed closely by warm May (9.6), April (9.4), and June (9.3). Whether because drivers and officers are on holidays or because people are making sure to park legally as Santa’s judgment approaches, a mere 6.6 per cent of tickets were issued in December — 426,555 fewer than in March.

Parking enforcement officers (employed by the Toronto Police Services) spend a majority of their time in the downtown core where there is the least amount of parking and highest concentration of congestion

About 90 per cent of all tickets are issued by the police. But about a tenth are issued by private citizens trained and certified by the police to issue tickets on particular properties. It is these Municipal Law Enforcement Officers who make parking illegally at hospitals and on school campuses such a bad idea.

Two parking tickets placed under the windshield wiper of the same vehicle

Sunnybrook’s Solomon Ayeneababa, who manages a staff of eight officers, said vigilant parking enforcement is necessary to avoid “chaos” on a campus that sees 10,000 vehicles per day. But he said Sunnybrook cancels about 20 per cent of its tickets in an effort to be fair to patients.

“We cancel a lot. For any reason,” Ayeneababa said. “They are delayed in a clinic, they have some issue — any issue, when they bring it to the parking services office, we just pull it back. Sometimes what happens is they pay for an hour, they get delayed in the clinic. We’ll call the clinic, and if there’s a legitimate reason, we’ll cancel it.”

Many hospital visitors have no good excuse for their transgressions. Some, Ayeneababa said, pay for an hour and stay all day, park in the fire route, sneak into the gated lot on the tail of paying customers — “Oh yeah, it happens all the time” — or park in the ungated lot without paying.

“We have so many issues,” he said. Moments later, he professed optimism. “The number will go down,” he said. “Eventually.”

Monday: Out-of-province drivers are racking up thousands of dollars in unpaid tickets

The most-ticketed spots near fire hydrants

1) 2,922 tickets – Elm St., across from Delta Chelsea hotel

2) 2,546 – Wellington St. E., across from Berczy Park

3) 2,299 – University Ave., near Zurich Canada building

4) 1,965 – Merton St., near Davisville Station

5) 1,867 – Elmhurt Ave. near Beecroft Rd. in North York

6) 1,727 – The Esplanade, near Old Spaghetti Factory

7) 1,694 – Yonge St., one block south of Finch Ave.

8) 1,611 – Bellevue Ave., Bathurst St. And Dundas St. Area

9) 1,602 – College St. at Beatrice St., near Ossington Ave.

10) 1,527 – University Ave., near Canada Life building

Top most-ticketed disabled parking spots

1) 3,423 tickets – College St. at Bathurst St.

2) 1,738 – Grenville St., near Women’s College Hospital

3) 1,702 – Murray St., beside Mt. Sinai Hospital

4) 1,628 – Woodbine racetrack and slots

5) 1,370 – Chestnut St., behind City Hall

6) 942 – St. George St., near U of T bookstore

7) 909 – James St., beside Eaton Centre and Old City Hall

8) 908 – Queen St. E. near Victoria Park Ave.

9) 829 – Little Norway Cres., near Little Norway Park

10) 703 – Asquith Ave., near Toronto Reference Library

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