Toronto Parking Enforcement – Waiting until someone parks illegally …

rather  than ticket someone illegally parked!

During the 2010 municipal election parking enforcement was an issue and a frequent topic of discussion. At least one Toronto Ward 29 candidate and Rocco Rossi suggested that parking enforcement was too aggressive and that people  should get a “5 minute” grace  period. Although, I  personally think this is ridiculous (why not a 10 minute grace period), it is clear  that the behaviour of the parking enforcement people  is extremely antagonistic. That said, they (as they frequently repeat) are “just  doing their job”.

What is the job description of of a Toronto parking ticket officer? Well, I  assume their job is to ticket cars  that  are illegally parked  But, it presumably means more than just ticketing cars. Surely,  it means that they are required  to look  for cars that are illegally parked. Is there a difference between “actively seeking cars that are illegally parked” and sitting around waiting for    cars to park illegally?

On Sunday January 30, 2011 I was  lawfully parked  on a Toronto  St. Parking is allowed on this particular street on Sundays until  6:00 p.m. I left a coffee shop at 5:55 p.m. to ensure that I had my car moved  by 6:00 p.m. As I walked  down the street at 5:58 p.m. I observed a parking enforcement officer in her car  parked beside my car,  doing nothing but waiting until  the clock  struck  6:00 p.m. As I approached my car, she exited her car and approached  my car  to write an expensive ticket. I reached the car before she did, and told her that it was not 6:00  p.m. She quickly retreated. As she was retreating the clock struck  6:00 p.m.

It is obvious that this parking officer was:

– not doing what she was  paid  to do prior to 6:00 p.m. (she was sitting doing nothing, waiting for 6:00 p.m. to arriave, so that she could give give me a ticket, when she should  have  been out writing tickets for  cars  that  were actually illegally parked);
– approaching my car to write  a ticket prior  to 6:00 p.m.

Looks like  at least  some  Toronto parking ticket officers  are  simply waiting for  someone to  park illegally, rather than ticket those  who  are illegally parked.

Hard  to  respect  parking ticket officers  if  that is how  they behave.

Ten minutes  later  I  drove down the same street and  saw that Toronto  Parking Enforcement officer  illegally parked on the side  of the road, being paid  and  doing nothing.

I guess this  is just one more  example of the “Gravy Train!”

Let’s compare the violations in Toronto to the St. Louis Parking Violations.

When it comes to |Toronto parking officers, sometimes they are:

– waiting to be found; and

– nowhere to be found – Toronto parking police park illegally.

(By the way,  here is how to complain about your parking tickets.)


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