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January 18, 2002
City implements new parking fines
  
The City of Toronto has implemented a new parking fine structure on fire routes
and private property.

During 2001, City Council approved increases to the fines for parking illegally
on private property and in designated fire routes. These fine increases, which
were recently endorsed by the Provincial Senior Regional Justice, were
implemented on January 1, 2002 and January 14, 2002 respectively.

Private property parking offences are being increased to bring the City of
Toronto's fine structure in line with other Ontario municipalities and to
discourage illegal parking on private property.

The increase in the fire route offence fine is aimed at reducing the over
65,000 fire access route violations committed each year. Due to the
life-safety nature of fire access route violations, City of Toronto officials
believe that this fine increase will deter the public from parking in emergency
access areas and jeopardizing public safety.

New fines for PARKING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY:
Voluntary Payment (within 7 days) - $40 (was $20)
Set Fine Payment (after 7 days) - $60 (was $30)

New fines for PARKING IN DESIGNATED FIRE ROUTE:
Voluntary Payment (within 7 days) - $75 (was $20)
Set Fine Payment (after 7 days) - $100 (was $30)

Revenue from this increase in parking fines has been included in the City's
2002 Operating Budget estimates.


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