It’s rush hour and a car pulls over, parks, puts on the hazard lights, and the driver gets out. Anyone who drives in Toronto has seen this scenario many times. City councilor Josh Matlow calls these drivers “selfish yahoos” and says they need to be hit in the pocketbook.
Matlow will introduce a motion to the city’s government management commitee on Wednesday to fine these drivers $500 and have their cars towed immediately, “they’re not scared of a $40 to $60 ticket, and they’re rarely towed. I think that needs to change.”
Matlow says this doesn’t mean hiring more parking enforcement officers, he’d rather see the current officers shift their priorities, which means,”not just having parking enforcement hiding out near parking metres to go after people who aren’t really having a huge affect on traffic at all.”
Instead, the councilor thinks parking enforcement should be targeting the people causing the congestion, “these yahoos who are clogging up an entire lane of traffic in the middle of rush hour because they’re running in to get a coffee.”
Matlow says this is a middle of the road issue that most councillors should be able to agree on. “This isn’t something that relates to the war on the car and the war on the bike, this about the war on selfish yahoos who are affecting drivers and bicyclists alike.”
The councilor pointed out that bike riders are forced to veer into traffic when the right lane is blocked. Matlow hopes the government management commitee will reccomend his motion to city council for a vote.