Toronto Police begin to tow vehicles with Out-of-Province Licence Plates

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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.
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.

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A courier van with Alberta licence plates and the subject of 356 unpaid parking tickets was one of the vehicles towed Monday as part of Toronto’s new “zero-tolerance” crackdown on habitual out-of-province offenders.

Toronto Police parking enforcement officers followed through with a promise made last month by Mayor John Tory to crack down on such offenders and began a towing blitz of illegally parked vehicles with out-of-province plates that are discovered to have a history of not paying fines for past parking infractions.

As it stands, said Brian Moniz, of Toronto Police’s parking enforcement division, the city has no legal recourse when it comes to collecting parking fines from those who drive vehicles with out-of-province plates. The offending vehicle’s origin of registration must be obtained for a conviction to be reached and Ontario has no such information-sharing agreements with other provinces.

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Toronto Police parking enforcement officers followed through with a promise made last month by Mayor John Tory to crack down on such offenders and began a towing blitz of illegally parked vehicles with out-of-province plates that are discovered to have a history of not paying fines for past parking infractions.
Toronto Police parking enforcement officers followed through with a promise made last month by Mayor John Tory to crack down on such offenders and began a towing blitz of illegally parked vehicles with out-of-province plates that are discovered to have a history of not paying fines for past parking infractions. If you’re unlucky enough to receive a ticket for parking in a rush-hour route but lucky enough to return before your vehicle is towed, it will only cost you a $150.00 parking ticket, that you can pay later. If you return after your vehicle is towed, you’ll have to travel (probably an expensive taxi ride) to the tow truck towing yard and pay a $200 ticket and $80 storage fee, before the tow truck company will release your vehicle..

However, the new blitz means “zero tolerance” for those found to be habitual offenders, according to Moniz.

“These vehicles contribute to congestion and gridlock, and this is the only we’re going to get compliance,” said Moniz. “This is the new way (we’re) doing business.”

Moniz added around 30 habitual offenders with out-of-province plates had their vehicles towed as of 3 p.m. Monday.

He said getting those vehicles back will come at a hefty price: $200 for the tow and around $80 for every day the vehicle spends in a towing yard.

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.

If you go back to where you parked your vehicle and your vehicle isn't there, don't jump to any conclusions. Call the Toronto Police Service Radio Room at (416) 808-2222. Ask for Radio Room and have your vehicle information ready (where it was parked, the make/model and licence plate number). If your vehicle has been towed, police will inform you where the tow truck has brought your vehicle. You will have to drive to the impound lot and have your information to show the impound lot employees. You will have to pay approximately $200 for the tow and about $80.00 for the storage of your vehicle is towed to a  vehicles back will come at a hefty price: $200 for the tow and around $80 a day for the storage at the impound lot.  You will have to pay this up front, before your vehicle is released and this towing yards don't accept cheques.
If you go back to where you parked your vehicle and your vehicle isn’t there, don’t jump to any conclusions. Call the Toronto Police Service at (416) 808-2222.
Ask for the Radio Room and have your vehicle information ready (where it was parked, the make/model and licence plate number). If your vehicle has been towed, police will inform you where the tow truck has brought your vehicle. You will have to drive to the impound lot and have your information (registration, insurance, licence etc) to show the impound lot employees. You will have to pay approximately $200 for the tow and about $80.00 for the storage of your vehicle is towed to a vehicles back will come at a hefty price: $200 for the tow and around $80 a day for the storage at the impound lot. You will have to pay this up front, before your vehicle is released and these towing yards don’t accept cheques.
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