TORONTO – A Toronto city councillor wants to hit people who block city streets during rush hour in the pocketbook — hard.
Coun. Josh Matlow is proposing a $500 fine for motorists who stop in driving lanes during rush hour.
The current fine for blocking a live lane on rush-hour routes ranges from $40 to $60.
Matlow says he believes increasing the fine would deter lane hogs who stop to grab a coffee, drop off a passenger or deliver a package.
He says it’s clear that current fines and levels of enforcement are not working.
He says it has been estimated that traffic congestion costs the Greater Toronto Area’s economy $3.3 billion a year.
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