TORONTO, ON — Parking fines have more than doubled on some busy downtown Toronto roads earlier this week.
All vehicles, including commercial vehicles will be affected and slapped with a fixed $150 fine if parked in a no-park or no-stopping zone during rush hour. That’s up from the previous fines of $40 for parking in a no-park zone and $60 for parking in a no-stopping zone, a spokesperson with Toronto Transportation Services said.
There is one, slim silver lining that these new fines are in place in an effort to reduce congestion downtown Toronto during peak times.
But since the fines are now fixed, this also means that tickets cannot be reduced in court, though they can still be voided.
Another thing truckers driving downtown should know is that beginning in February drivers with three or more outstanding parking tickets will have their vehicle towed.
The new fines will be enforced from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The city is looking at establishing delivery zones for couriers and transport trucks, a spokesperson with Toronto Transportation Services said, but specific details were not given.
For more information, Contact Toronto Transportation Services at 416-392-CITY (2489) or visit the Reducing Traffic Congestion Parking Regulations Programwebsite here.