Toronto Police Blitz Targets Counterfeit Accessible Parking Permits

Update: see previous post – April 25, 2010 Disabled Parking Permits (Accessible Parking Permits)

It took some searching, but a vehicle, with an accessible parking permit displayed on its' dashboard, received a parking ticket, while parked in front of a "NO STANDING, By Permit Only - LOADING ZONE. Apparently this space is designed to allow motorist's bearing an accessible parking permit to drop people off or pick people up, on a temporary basis, but not for parking.
Toronto police are cracking down on motorists who possess counterfeit accessible parking permits displayed within their vehicles. Motorists often use other people’s permits to park illegally, which is illegal.

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Motorists who aren't disabled, often park in designated parking spots for the disabled, because they can't find a regular parking spot and for the simple convenience. On March 14, 2008 the City of Toronto increased fines ranging from $50-$150 to $450 for motorists illegally parking in a disabled parking spot, without an accessible parking permit displayed on their dashboards.
Motorists who aren’t disabled, often park in designated parking spots for the disabled, because they can’t find a regular parking spot and for the simple convenience. On March 14, 2008 the City of Toronto increased fines ranging from $50-$150 to $450 for motorists illegally parking in a disabled parking spot, without an accessible parking permit displayed on their dashboards.

Toronto police have a message for people misusing accessible parking permits: Abuse it and lose it.

Parking enforcement officers will launch a two week crackdown starting Monday.

The campaign will focus on people who are parking in disabled spaces but shouldn’t be as well as counterfeit permits.

“The City of Toronto grants many parking bylaw exemptions to holders of Accessible Parking Permits, in addition to providing designated on-street parking spaces for people with disabilities,” Toronto police said in a news release. “The abuse of these exemptions deprives legitimate accessible permit holders from acquiring parking spaces that are safe and accommodating for their needs.

Police said areas of the city where ‘significant problems have been identified for the misuse of accessible permits’ will be included in the patrols.

It will run until February 21, 2016.

Last year, police seized more than 1,000 accessible parking permits and charged over 900 people under the Highway Traffic Act for misuse.

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