The parking free ride is about to come to a screeching halt.
The much-heralded Step One is not giving only patios the green light.
Police in Toronto are warning drivers they’re about to launch a more strict enforcement of parking enforcement.
“Traffic volume has increased over the last few weeks and is expected to continue in the coming days,” Police say.
So as of Monday, June 14 they will resume routine enforcement of on-street parking regulations.
A couple of times during the pandemic, that enforcement had been paused due to COVID-19.
For months, the city and police said they were only focused on offences that created safety concerns, disrupted snow removal processes or caused significant disruptions in the flow of traffic.
But all that is beginning to change.
“As businesses and services reopen, the enforcement of these regulations will ensure the safe and orderly flow of traffic, increase parking space availability and provide emergency vehicle access,” Police said in a statement.
Over the last few weeks there have been quite a few days of scorching temperatures, leading many people to venture out and about and take advantage.
Especially down near waterfront areas.
With many patios fired up again, and some non-essential stores partially open, parking enforcement is shifting gears out of “park”.
Police say enforcement will include overtime violations such as three-hour by-law and posted time limits, residential change-over parking regulations, and on-street pay and display violations.
That is not the only adjustment police are making.
For residential on-street permit violations, things will be back to normal starting Monday, June 21.