As the government of Ontario offers aid to the people of the province, efforts are also being made in Toronto, and police are doing their part. Toronto Police parking tickets are being suspended for certain infractions in response to COVID-19. Although some of the penalties may still have to be enforced, these measures are intended to offer self-isolating and self-quarantining Torontonians some leniency.
According to the Toronto Police statement issued on Wednesday, March 18, this is a joint scheme from the TPS along with the City of Toronto Emergency Management.
"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," reads the statement.
So what exactly does this mean for residents of the 6ix with vehicles?
Well, firstly, parking enforcement has officially been suspended for on-street permit parking areas until further notice.
In addition, on-street time limit offences for one to three-hour parking have been lifted.
Other affected infractions that police will be letting slide on a temporary basis include the North York Winter Maintenance Bylaw, expired vehicle validation license plates, boulevard parking, and school zones with posted no stopping, standing, or parking signs.
0318 16:47 Toronto Police Announces Changes To On-St Parking Enforcement https://t.co/9jiWsHuoux— Toronto Police (@Toronto Police) 1584564480.0
So, this could come as good news for some Torontonians who can rest assured knowing the can save a few dollars without punishment while practicing the all-important social distancing and staying indoors.
Parking offences that will continue to be enforced are no stopping, no standing, and no parking offences on rush-hour routes, as well as pay and display, metered areas where you have to pay for parking.
This news comes a day after the City of Toronto announced they would be scaling back or changing up the delivery of all non-essential services. That included the closure of City Hall, Metro Hall, and all civic centres until at least April 5.
@cityoftoronto Does this include parking authority? Why am I getting ticketed in front of my house during a pandemi… https://t.co/MmDB15YOUK— meaganemily (@meaganemily) 1584475497.0
But that announcement on Tuesday was greeted with concerns about what would happen with residential parking.
"Does this include parking authority? Why am I getting ticketed in front of my house during a pandemic when social distancing is recommended. Not like I had $40 bucks to spare. Thanks, Toronto!" reads one tweet in response to the statement.
Now, these worries have been addressed.
It should be noted that, according to the TPS statement, the parking offences mentioned could still be enforced in certain circumstances, like if traffic safety is compromised and/or if there is a community concern.
So it's doesn't give you carte blanche, but it should make your life easier for the time being.