Parking Enforcement Blitz Begins In Toronto Today
Mayor John Tory’s new plan to cure congestion has gone into effect this morning.
“There’s going to be substancially stepped-up enforcement, that’s what the police tell me. There’s a sign that will be telling people it’s zero tolerance, and that really just backs up the law.. that is the law, and we’re just going to make sure people follow it as best as they can.”
Digital signs along the DVP and Gardiner are also warning drivers of the crackdown. Focus will mainly be put the outskirts of the downtown core starting at Dupont St. going north, Parliament Street going east, King St. going south, and Dufferin going west.
“We are looking at the high occupancy vehicle lanes; we are looking at the rush hour route parking; we’re looking at construction vehicles blocking the routes. We’re looking at everything,” Toronto Police Constable Clint Stibbe told Global News.
Drivers of towed vehicles can expect to pay upwards of $200 for the tow, $50 for the fine, and the likely inevitable cab fare, according to police.
Tory also says that delivery trucks will be diverting onto side streets to accomodate, while Canada Post is putting in new routes.
“Canada Post has taken some real leadership in this area, where they realized that their trucks stopped in lanes at rush hour traffic on busy streets are causing invoncienence for thousands of people. So what are they doing? They’re going to change the hours of those pick ups to make some earlier and some later.. so they don’t cause problems. The mail has to go through, but at the same time, so does the traffic of all the other people.”
John Tory joined the Oakley show this morning to discuss his plans on tackling traffic:
John Tory is cracking down on congestion in the City of Toronto, starting today, by tagging and towing illegals parkers on busy streets downtown during rush hour. Do you think this strategy will actually impact congestion in the city?