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Toronto's rush hour parking fines to skyrocket next week

Changes also coming to how tickets are challenged

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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  1. Robert Hills posted on 01/17/2014 10:37 PM
    Damn tootin' No Stopping means NO STOPPING!
  2. Brandon H posted on 01/17/2014 10:46 PM
    Sounds like a good idea to me. Even if it is a cash grab.
  3. HP posted on 01/18/2014 09:08 AM
    Excellent!...now they need to extend this to people who park in the bike lanes.
  4. john posted on 01/18/2014 10:37 AM
    good ideal hears the problum . thay are going to target people who deliver stuff to the stores we have the same law in my town . i lot of compenys have moved out of town cause thay cant get supplies that and the taxes and u tills are to high . so enjoy the nice scene of empty stores cause thay cant get there stuff to sell .
  5. john posted on 01/18/2014 10:43 AM
    oh and i would fight the ticket big time i dont care . i would take as far as the Canada supreme court . make the city pay for there lowers .
  6. Aldo posted on 01/18/2014 12:07 PM
    Sure now there will be double gridlock with the idiots handing out the tickets are blocking as well. This is not a solution trust me it's all smoke & mirrors. Wake up people! Haven't you had enough of these clowns making these rules? I'm glad I don't travel to Toronto anymore.
    1. dama posted on 01/21/2014 02:35 PM
      @Aldo The clown that announced this law is Denzil Minnan Wong and if he is to announce that he is running for mayor, what is his chance of winning after this announcement?

      I agree with John that this new law is going to cause delivery drivers a lot of money for I don't think their companies are going to pay for their fines..

      also I think the law should apply to cop's car too, have you ever seen a cop car park on the side blocking traffic? I have .. many times..

      and this law should apply to cars park in front of grocery stores even though there are ample parking available.. just plain lazy and inconsiderate .. .
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