Toronto ombudsman pushes for changes to parking tickets
The City of Toronto's ombudsman says something needs to be done to streamline the parking ticket system — especially when it comes to the courts.
Fiona Crean released a report on Thursday proposing a system that would reduce the amount of time it takes to fight a ticket from 18 months down to 12 weeks.
"It would be taking it out of the courts so that the public servants are responsible for whether the ticket is paid," said Crean.
Right now a judge and a prosecutor are involved in traffic court. Something many with tickets say is unnecessary.
"I honestly think it's a waste of time for the judge, for the prosecutor, and for myself," said one man waiting to set a court date at Metro Hall. "It's not a serious crime or anything."
Crean also wants to make life easier for couriers — that parking enforcement officers cut them some slack.
"The courier and delivery companies [should] be allowed a 30 minute wait," she said. "They constitute a huge number of tickets in the system."
Toronto makes a lot of money from parking tickets.
Last year the city issues about 2.8 million tickets, generating $80 million in fines and putting $21 million in city coffers.
The city says it will change the design of parking tickets, but won't commit to removing parking disputes from the court system.