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Toronto police to stop writing tickets for some parking offences during coronavirus outbreak

Last Updated Mar 18, 2020 at 8:48 pm EDT

A parking officer writes up a ticket in Toronto in an undated file photo. CITYNEWS

Toronto police will stop enforcing some parking violations in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In a release, police said until further notice they will stop enforcing the following offences:

  • 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

 

“We have been taking advice from public health officials and making decisions that balance our need to provide community safety with maintaining the health and safety of our members,” Toronto Police Service said.

“Given 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, the Toronto Police is making adjustments to parking enforcement, effective immediately.”

Police stress that all other offences will still be enforced including; no stopping, no standing and no parking offences, rush hour routes and also pay and display/metered areas where payment is required.

The TTC has also announced that Fare Inspectors will continue to do their job but will place more of a focus on education and customer service while respecting the importance of social distancing. All door boarding is also being implemented on all vehicles to avoid creating a pinch point at single door entry and allow for further social distancing between customers and operators.

Mayor John Tory said he hopes people will still continue to pay for parking and the TTC when possible as it’s “the right thing to do.”

“These are extraordinary times and I am focused, as is all City divisions and agencies including the TTC and police service, on reducing social interactions and protecting all Toronto residents as best we can,” Tory said in a statement.

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