Out-Of-Province Offenders Towed

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 2:12 p.m. February 20, 2015
Updated: 2:29 p.m. February 20, 2015

Toronto Police’s zero-tolerance enforcement policy against drivers who cause traffic congestion during rush hour will soon target vehicles with out-of-province licence plates that repeatedly park illegally.

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A truck being towed for parking in a downtown rush hour route

At the moment, these vehicles receive parking tickets but the city has no recourse to collect outstanding tickets. This allows vehicles to continuously abuse parking regulations.

Each year, nearly 150,000 vehicles with out-of-province license plates are ticketed for parking illegally. Only 15 per cent of the offenders pay their fines and almost 7,700 offenders have three or more tickets issued to their vehicles and ignore the fines

Habitual offenders abuse parking regulations, block traffic, occupy paid-permit areas, displace valid permit holders and contribute to traffic congestion and gridlock. They will be targeted, starting February 23, when the enforcement campaign is launched.

Drivers  with out-of-province licence plate vehicles and three or more outstanding parking tickets will have their vehicles towed if they are parked illegally. Towed vehicles are subjected to towing fees of approximately $200 and daily storage fees of up to $80.

“There are habitual offenders getting multiple tickets because they know there are really no repercussions,” said Constable Clint Stibbe of Traffic Services. “That will come to an end. Those vehicles will be impounded and the owners held responsible for their actions.”

Since the tag-and-tow campaign against illegally parked vehicles started on January 5, several companies have switched licenses to out-of-town jurisdictions to avoid the new penalties.

“Any of these vehicles that were tagged will now be impounded,” said Stibbe. “These corporations will no longer be able to get around the law. We are going to be out there stopping the repeat offenders.”

Under the Highway Traffic Act, individuals who become a resident of Ontario have 30 days to register their vehicle in the province. Drivers failing to comply could be subjected to a $110 fine.

Since Toronto Police started to clamp down on drivers contributing to traffic congestion during rush-hour traffic in the downtown core, a total of 1,784 vehicles have been towed and 11,326 tickets have been issued.

The initiative started on January 5.

Q: How do I avoid having my vehicle towed and impounded?

A: In order to avoid having your vehicle towed and impounded and incur towing fees of approximately $200, plus daily storage fees of up to $80:

- Park legally

- Pay your outstanding tickets

Q: How do I settle and pay outstanding Parking Infractions to avoid being towed as a Habitual Offender?

A:  Payments to Parking Infraction Notices are administered by the City’s Revenue Services Division, Parking Ticket Operations. Information on payment options can be found here.

Q: How do I get a City of Toronto overnight parking permit for permit parking areas:

A:  Overnight parking permits and temporary parking permits are available from the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services.

Q: How do I change my vehicle registration, including license plates, to Ontario registration:

A: The Ontario Highway Traffic Act stipulates that a person upon becoming a resident of Ontario, has 30 days to register their vehicle in Ontario. 

Information on registering out-of-province vehicles

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