Toronto: Rush Hour Ticketing/Towing Blitz Starting October 5, 2015

Update: see previous posts – August 8, 2015 Toronto’s Tow-Truck Operators Break the Rules At Our Expense, May 1, 2015 Toronto: Ticketing/Towing During Rush Hour to Continue, April 26, 2015 Toronto: Habitual Parking Ticket Offender’s

The ticket & tow blitz of vehicles parking illegally during rush hour will stretch from Dufferin Street in the west to the Don Valley Parkway in the east and Bloor Street in the north to Lakeshore Blvd. in the south.

Toronto Mayor John Tory announced today that another blitz is scheduled for October 5/15 to ticket and tow vehicles parking along major routes during rush hour. He has also made it clear that he has been talking with officials about expanding his tag'n tow policy to the suburbs, rather than always focusing on the downtown core. He wants to identify 3 or 4 hotspots outside of downtown to start to aggressively ticket and tow vehicles which are parking illegally during rush hour. He mentioned two busy intersections -Yonge & Sheppard and Kennedy & Steeles as examples. He did acknowledge the traffic is worst downtown.
Toronto Mayor John Tory announced today that another blitz is scheduled for October 5/15 to ticket and tow vehicles parking along major routes during rush hour. He has also made it clear that he has been talking with officials about expanding his tag’n tow policy to the suburbs, rather than always focusing on the downtown core. He wants to identify 3 or 4 hotspots outside of downtown to start to aggressively ticket and tow vehicles which are parking illegally during rush hour. He mentioned two busy intersections -Yonge & Sheppard and Kennedy & Steeles as examples. He did acknowledge the traffic is worst downtown.

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Police will begin another crackdown on drivers who park illegally during rush hour beginning on October 5, 2015.

Mayor John Tory and Police Chief Mark Saunders made the announcement outside city hall on Wednesday morning.

The campaign will see an enhanced police presence on major arteries in an area bounded by Bloor Street to the north, Lake Shore Boulevard to the south, the Don Valley Parkway to the east and Dufferin Street to the west.

It is not imediately clear how long the campaign will run for.

“Though the zero-tolerance policy continues to be enforced I have noticed and people have told me that the bad actors are once again choosing to selfishly block lanes of traffic during rush hour for their own purpose,” Tory said in announcing the details of the blitz. “Like seatbelts, like distracted driving, like driving while impaired, it is necessary for us to continue to emphasize the fact that this is wrong, selfish and unacceptable.”

Toronto has two rush hours (6-10 a.m. & 3-7 p.m. - 8 hours) Mon.-Fri. Police have tagged about 60,000 vehicles and towed about 12,000 on downtown streets during rush hour since January 6, 2015. Most of the blitz will target the downtown core which has 60 km’s of arterial roads. Mayor John Tory is calling for another ticketing and towing blitz beginning on October 5, 2015.
Toronto has two rush hours (6-10 a.m. & 3-7 p.m. – 8 hours) Mon.-Fri. Police have tagged about 60,000 vehicles and towed about 12,000 on downtown streets during rush hour since January 6, 2015. Most of the blitz will target the downtown core which has 60 km’s of arterial roads. Mayor John Tory is calling for another ticketing and towing blitz beginning on October 5, 2015.

In January and February, police conducted a towing blitz targeting vehicles that were parked illegally on major arteries during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

The blitz saw 76 vehicles towed on the first day alone and more than 1,000 by the end of January.

Mayor John Tory announced today that vehicles illegally parked during rush hour on downtown streets will receive parking tickets and towed starting on October 5, 2015.
Mayor John Tory announced today that vehicles illegally parked during rush hour on downtown streets will receive parking tickets and towed starting on October 5, 2015. He is also vowing to expand bltizes beyond the downtown core into problem areas which he has so far identified as Yonge & Sheppard and Kennedy & Steeles.

Speaking with reporters following a meeting with his road closure coordination committee on Wednesday, Tory said he’d prefer it if he didn’t have to launch yet another blitz but has noticed “bad habbits seeping back into the system”

“You wish we didn’t have to do these blitzes because you wish that people would get it their first time and decide to change their behavior permanently but human nature is what it is,” he said. “I am here today to say that those blocking roadways obviously need a reminder that their selfish behavior is causing a lot of inconvenience for other people.”

Police have tagged about 60,000 vehicles and towed about 12,000 on downtown streets during rush hour since January 6.

When vehicles are towed during rush hour, the cost will be $150 for the ticket + victim fine surcharge, $200 for the towing, $81 for the pound fee

Discussing the campaign with reporters, Police Chief Mark Saunders said it is about more than just reducing traffic and speeding up commutes.

“When the rush hour routes are congested drivers are using the side streets and that increases the safety factors for the young boys and girls in those areas,” he said. “By keeping the rush hour routes clear it not only allows people to get to and from their locations in a more speedy manner; it also enhances safety across the city.”

 

Motorists will be faced with aggressive parking enforcement and towing in an upcoming blitz beginning on October 5, 2015.
Motorists will be faced with aggressive parking enforcement and towing in an upcoming blitz beginning on October 5, 2015.

 

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