TORONTO, Ont. — Beginning today, getting a parking ticket in downtown Toronto will cost more than twice what it used to.
The city, looking to reduce downtown congestion at peak times, is jacking up the cost of fines for illegal parking. The city is also making the fines “fixed,” meaning they can’t be reduced in court, though drivers can still fight the tickets in an effort to have them overturned.
Offenders who have three or more outstanding parking tickets for which no payment or trial request has been made within 120 days of the last offense will have their vehicles towed.
“Starting on Thursday morning, breaking the rules on streets with time-specific restrictions will cost $150 during rush hour, up from $60,” the Ontario Trucking Association warned. “In addition, the city will also introduce new rush hour times for when no-parking zones are in effect: The new fines would be enforced from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.”
For more information, Contact Toronto Transportation Services at 416-392-CITY (2489).