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Toronto Police Traffic Services to enhance discretion to on-street parking enforcement

Broadcast time: 16:30
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Parking Enforcement

The Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement continues to exercise discretion with regards to street parking enforcement to accommodate the changing needs of our city, particularly for those who are now working from home, caring for others, or trying to ensure the flow of goods and services during this challenging period.

Effective immediately, the highest level of discretion will be applied to rush hour route enforcement. Only when an offence is having a significant negative impact on traffic flow in the immediate area will an infraction notice be issued. Also, the impounding of vehicles from rush hour routes will only be undertaken as a last resort.

“We are committed to working with our community to offer flexibility while ensuring the free flow of traffic throughout our city. Over the last week, our officers have been using discretion where we are able to and engaging the public in those cases,” said Superintendent Scott Baptist, Traffic Services. He continued, “We ask the public to continue to respect traffic and parking rules as much as possible, out of respect for their neighbours and fellow community members and we will continue to do our part to facilitate safe streets for everyone.”

While Parking Enforcement Officers will be doing what they can to exercise as much discretion as possible, it is important that everyone in our community understands we will tag and tow vehicles which are impeding traffic flow, when necessary. We are asking the public to continue to obey the rules that have always been in place.

This adjustment is in addition to the suspension of enforcement, announced on March 18, 2020, with regards to:

- On-Street Permit Parking Areas
- On-Street Time Limit Offences such a 1, 2 and 3 Hour Parking
- North York Winter Maintenance Bylaw
- Expired Vehicle Validation License Plates
- Boulevard Parking
- School Zones with posted No Stopping/No Standing/No Parking Signage

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Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Superintendent Scott Baptist, Traffic Services