10-minute Grace Period on Parking Tickets
Last summer, I supported a new policy that gives Toronto residents a 10-minute grace period after the parking meter expires. I’ve heard from business owners that often people don’t want to come to some of our main streets because they’re fearful that if they’re in line a little too long at a shop, it’s going to cost them a $30 ticket. It’s not worth the risk to some people. So I want to make sure everyone knows it isn’t very difficult to apply to have your parking ticket cancelled if you’re in that 10-minute grace period.
A report from our City’s Ombudsman criticized parking tickets for being easy to pay but hard to fight, and I know many residents of Ward 22 know that from experience. To improve this situation, with Council support I directed the City to advertise the 10-minute grace period loudly and clearly. All you need to challenge a parking ticket is a valid receipt from a pay-and-display meter.