Update: see previous post – February 10, 2016 Toronto Police Blitz Targets Counterfeit Accessible Parking Permits, April 25, 2010 Disabled Parking Permits (Accessible Parking Permits)
“Abuse it and lose it,”
Accessible Parking Permit Enforcement
Every year in February, Toronto Police conduct a Disabled Parking Permit Enforcement blitz referred to as an “Abuse it and Lose it” campaign.
This year, from Monday, February 8, 2016 to Sunday, February 21, 2016, the Toronto Police Parking Enforcement Unit conducted a heightened enforcement campaign entitled, “Abuse it and Lose it.”
The campaign focused on the enforcement of accessible parking spaces, the misuse of accessible parking permits, and the detection and retention of counterfeit accessible parking permits.
Results of the campaign:
– 862 Parking Tickets issued for Accessible Spaces/Permits
– 293 Accessible Parking Permits Retained for Misuse/Counterfeit
– 1565 Accessible Parking Permits Inspected
Charges under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act have been laid and/or are pending for the 293 accessible parking permits that have been retained.
In 2015, the Parking Enforcement Unit seized 1057 accessible parking permits, and charged over 913 persons under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act for misuse.
The Toronto Police Service is committed to assisting persons with disabilities in the community. This campaign indicates a great need for enforcement and attention to accessible parking permit misuse, as 18.7% of all permits inspected resulted in permit retentions and pending charges.
As long as the Accessible Parking Permit is valid, they can be utilized anyone, on the condition that the holder of the Accessible Parking Permit, accompanies the driver of the vehicle, in which the permit is placed.
Drivers with disabled parking permits (renamed as accessible parking permits in Toronto) are allowed to park without charge at parking meters and on streets with pay-and-display machines, as well as in no-parking areas outside of rush-hour periods. They can also park overnight on residential streets without obtaining a parking permit.
Vehicles displaying acessible permits are not allowed to block snow routes, driveways or fire hydrants, and cannot park anywhere that would impede traffic.
Accessible Parking Permits under the Highway Traffic Act
Accessible parking permits
26. (1) The Minister shall issue an accessible parking permit to every person or organization that applies for it and meets the requirements of the regulations. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 26, s. 3 (3).
(2) An accessible parking permit is in force during the period of time shown on the permit. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 26, s. 3 (3).
Cancellation of permit
(3) The Minister may cancel an accessible parking permit or may refuse to issue a replacement permit if the permit has been used in contravention of this Part or the regulations or of a municipal by-law passed under section 9, 10, 11 or 102 of the Municipal Act, 2001 or under section 7, 8 or 80 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, as the case may be, for establishing a system of accessible parking. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 26, s. 3 (3).
Refusal to issue new permit
(4) If the Minister cancels an accessible parking permit, the Minister may refuse to issue a new permit to the holder of the cancelled permit. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 26, s. 3 (3).
Offence, accessible parking permit
27. (1) No person shall,
(a) have in his or her possession an accessible parking permit that is fictitious, altered or fraudulently obtained;
(b) display an accessible parking permit otherwise than in accordance with the regulations;
(c) fail or refuse to surrender an accessible parking permit in accordance with this Part or the regulations;
(d) use an accessible parking permit on land owned and occupied by the Crown otherwise than in accordance with the regulations;
(e) give, lend, sell or offer for sale an accessible parking permit or permit the use of it by another person otherwise than in accordance with the regulations; or
(f) make, permit the making of, give, lend, sell or offer for sale a fictitious or altered accessible parking permit. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 26, s. 3 (4).
(2) A person who contravenes clause (1) (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) or (f) is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not less than $300 and not more than $5,000. 2001, c. 32, s. 26 (2).
Inspection, accessible parking permit
28. (1) Every person having possession of an accessible parking permit shall, on the demand of a police officer, police cadet, municipal law enforcement officer or an officer appointed for carrying out the provisions of this Act, surrender the permit for reasonable inspection to ensure that the provisions of this Part and the regulations and any municipal by-law passed under section 9, 10, 11 or 102 of the Municipal Act, 2001 or under section 7, 8 or 80 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, as the case may be, for establishing a system of accessible parking are being complied with. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 26, s. 3 (5); 2015, c. 27, Sched. 7, s. 12 (1).
Officer may take possession of the permit
(2) An officer or cadet to whom an accessible parking permit has been surrendered may retain it until disposition of the case if the officer or cadet has reasonable ground to believe that the permit,
(a) was not issued under this Part;
(b) was obtained under false pretences;
(c) has been defaced or altered;
(d) has expired or been cancelled; or
(e) is being or has been used in contravention of the regulations or of a by-law passed under section 9, 10, 11 or 102 of the Municipal Act, 2001 or under section 7, 8 or 80 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, as the case may be, for establishing a system of accessible parking. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 28 (2); 2002, c. 17, Sched. F, Table; 2006, c. 32, Sched. C, s. 24 (3); 2009, c. 33, Sched. 26, s. 3 (6); 2015, c. 27, Sched. 7, s. 12 (2).