(Published Tuesday, July 23, 2019)
UPDATE: Toronto Police issue warning after tickets issued to confused drivers on street that can be made out to customers.
City officials in the Canadian city of Toronto are advising motorists to watch out for near-constant ticketing after a noticeable increase in fender benders on a street where parking tickets are being issued.
A Saturday visit to a street in the Bayview neighbourhood found several red parking tickets placed in pieces of equipment and painted on the streets, according to a video by Canadian Broadcaster CTV. The license plate numbers on the tickets identified them as orange parking enforcement tickets.
I asked Toronto City Hall about the parking signs and the type of ticket the signs say. A spokesperson with Toronto’s Parking Enforcement, Graeme Tutt, told me that the signs say either a crosswalk or stop sign. — Stephanie Levitz (@StephanieLevitz) July 22, 2018
In a letter published in Metro Morning Toronto, Toronto city councillor Frances Nunziata said drivers continue to experience confusion over whether parking spots are marked with white or orange parking enforcement signs.
“In my neighborhood alone, I’ve received over 40 photos of mistakenly issued tickets to drivers who pulled into the spots,” Nunziata said in the letter. “Sadly, at the end of the day, there are no hard and fast rules in regard to parking enforcement, which is why residents have so many complaints every day.”
One person shared an image on Twitter of what appeared to be ticketing machinery.
There are also clues posted near some of the parking spots that suggest drivers should pull into an open spot, which some speculate is a means of ticketing motorists for pulling into the open spots.
One resident with the name Kendall Jones said he is so confused over the signs, that he often parks in the wrong space.
[email protected] seeing a good way to mark the parking spots in the gazebo section at the South Central ward offices and surrounding areas is in. pic.twitter.com/3wFkDsEnqS — Kendall Jones (@kendall_stewart) June 15, 2018
As for Jones, the 22-year-old said he recently pulled into a different spot in his gazebo.
“I went a little deep and we went the wrong way and, for the first time in my life, I’m like ‘Should I have pulled in there?” he told Business Insider. “I feel it was a ticket. After I caught myself, I was like ‘Well, I guess I’ll just go pay the fine.'”
Another driver tweeted a picture of another sign posted in the same area. “Patrol,” the sign read. “Parking cameras parked in designated areas.”
Meanwhile, Toronto city councilor Jen Keesmaat tweeted that her office was alerted to the issue of mis-issued tickets in Scarborough Sunday.
Sad to say I’ve heard of the areas in #Scarborough where parking tickets are being issued incorrectly. Check this video for reference. Thank you to @StreetsTeam for bringing these to our attention. #NotOffIC #TOpoli — Jen Keesmaat (@jayski) July 22, 2018
The city of Toronto has yet to give an official explanation for the issue but, according to Twitter, in 2017 it spent C$63 million ($51 million) issuing parking tickets, C$12 million ($9 million) more than it spent on snow removal.