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Toronto's rush hour parking fines to skyrocket next week
Changes also coming to how tickets are challenged
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Starting next week, leaving your car parked on a busy street during rush hour as you dash into get a coffee or to pick up your kid, will cost you a lot more.

The changes will be formally unveiled by Chair of the city's Public Works Committee on Tuesday, but Newstalk 1010 got a sneak peek.

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong tells Newstalk 1010 the fine for parking in a no-stopping zone during rush hour will jump to $150, more than doubling the current penalty of $60.

"We're committed to addressing gridlock and congestion, and one of the prime offenders, are these inconsiderate motorists", says Minnan-Wong. He insists the hike is not a cash grab, but a way to tackle traffic jams.

There will be some extra incentive to pay off a pile of outstanding tickets too. Cars found parked illegally with a record of at least three unpaid, uncontested tickets could be towed away.

Minnan-Wong says the city is also moving to an "all or nothing" approach to parking tickets in a bid to clear up the court system.

He suggests even drivers who are in the wrong challenge their tickets, hoping for a reduced fine or to wait out the calendar and have it dropped entirely. A ruling by Canada's Supreme Court in 1990 gave Canadians hit with criminal charges and other offences a right to be tried within a "reasonable" amount of time.

"We believe that when people realize that they can't, you know, go in there and ask for a reduction, that they'll pay the fine", says Minnan-Wong. "What that will do is clear the court system, so now the other ones who actually don't think that they'll get a court date, will get a court date a lot sooner".

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Starting next week, leaving your car parked on a busy street during rush hour as you dash into get a coffee or to pick up your kid, will cost you a lot more.

The changes will be formally unveiled by Chair of the city's Public Works Committee on Tuesday, but Newstalk 1010 got a sneak peek.

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong tells Newstalk 1010 the fine for parking in a no-stopping zone during rush hour will jump to $150, more than doubling the current penalty of $60.

"We're committed to addressing gridlock and congestion, and one of the prime offenders, are these inconsiderate motorists", says Minnan-Wong. He insists the hike is not a cash grab, but a way to tackle traffic jams.

There will be some extra incentive to pay off a pile of outstanding tickets too. Cars found parked illegally with a record of at least three unpaid, uncontested tickets could be towed away.

Minnan-Wong says the city is also moving to an "all or nothing" approach to parking tickets in a bid to clear up the court system.

He suggests even drivers who are in the wrong challenge their tickets, hoping for a reduced fine or to wait out the calendar and have it dropped entirely. A ruling by Canada's Supreme Court in 1990 gave Canadians hit with criminal charges and other offences a right to be tried within a "reasonable" amount of time.

"We believe that when people realize that they can't, you know, go in there and ask for a reduction, that they'll pay the fine", says Minnan-Wong. "What that will do is clear the court system, so now the other ones who actually don't think that they'll get a court date, will get a court date a lot sooner".

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