Councillor Josh Matlow

Newstalk 1010: Councillor Wants Stiff Fines For Drivers Who Block Lanes

It’s something that makes motorists crazy: Other motorists who stop in the curb lane, either to jump out to grab a coffee or drop off their dry cleaning.  There’s also the trucks that park illegally in the curb lanes. A Toronto city councillor wants a sharp increase in the fine for those rude manners, and he’s getting some support too.

It’s already illegal to stop in certain areas during rush hour, and councillor Josh Matlow has had enough. He’s proposing a $500 dollar fine for that road behaviour that he says is not only rude, but snarls up traffic during peak times. Delivery drivers are not exempt either. That means proper enforcement of the law where the stopping and obstruction of bike or curb lanes is not permitted.

Currently tickets for stopping, standing, parking or otherwise obstructing traffic during rush hours are between $40 and $60 dollars, so it’s a considerable jump if Matlow gets his way.

Councillor Mike Layton is also on board with the idea. Matlow wants to take his proposal to city council in September.


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