Toronto police relaxing on-street parking enforcement over the holidays
Toronto police are changing their on-street parking enforcement strategy to give people a break amid the ongoing lockdown and the holiday season.
During the city's press briefing Wednesday morning, Mayor John Tory said he had asked Police Chief James Ramer if he'd be willing to ease up on parking enforcement over the holidays, adding that Ramer immediately agreed and would be releasing further details later in the day.
1223 12:00 Tps Adjusts Parking Enf Ahead Of Holidays & Furr Lockdown Measures https://t.co/YTghEDTxhX— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) December 23, 2020
"In support of the provincial COVID-19 regulatory lockdown the Parking Enforcement Unit will be commencing an enforcement approach to on-street parking where a high level of discretion will be applied," reads the statement. "This will be effective immediately."
Rather than enforcing every parking infraction over the coming days, TPS will instead focus on offences that create safety concerns, disrupt snow removal processes or cause significant disruptions in the flow of traffic on city streets.
Following the announcement, some took to social media to question why the city and the police service are actually making it easier for residents to drive to destinations when the official advice is for people to stay home as much as possible.
So Tory has been tweeting how everyone needs to stay home, but is now making it easier for people to go places? https://t.co/eYpvw9zBKP— Rob (@robertguenette) December 23, 2020
The change is set to remain in effect until further notice regardless, and Toronto police are asking that residents continue to park legally "to ensure that the efficient flow of traffic in the City of Toronto is maintained."
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