I'm having some difficulty having my concerns heard by Mayor David Miller or my city ward councillor, so I thought this story might be of interest to someone who might be able to help.
I am a taxpaying, law abiding Toronto citizen. Like most city folk, I own a house that has no parking. I recently purchased a parking permit for $150.00 for my area (8D) and have it displayed correctly in my car window. I live on Dundas St. E where there are no signs re. parking restrictions.
For the past 2 evenings I have received $15 parking tickets for being parked in one spot for more than 3 hours. As I'm sure you are aware, permits overrule the 3 hour rule because if they didn't, what would be the purpose of paying $150 for a permit? Of course my car will be parked for longer than 3 hours....it is my home, where I live and I am allowed to park my car at my home with the proper permit.
I have quoted the City of Toronto Permit Holders website:
"Though subject to other existing traffic regulations, permit holders generally have the privilege of parking their vehicles overnight and are exempt from the 1, 2, and 3 hour parking restrictions."
Now as a result of Parking Enforcement's inability to understand or follow their own rules, I must go to court, waste my time (only one civic centre in the whole city of Toronto is processing court requests at this time due to the strike), and waste taxpayers' money by fighting to have Parking Enforcement recognize their error. Even going to court, I'm not sure how to guarantee that all Parking Enforcement persons will know to follow the rules and not ticket me in the future.
It seems like a losing battle for me. And I'm sure that is why they ticket. They know it's much harder for people to fight these tickets than pay the $15. I refuse to do this. I am teacher and I have the summer off. I will take this to the highest level and keep fighting the good fight regardless of how pointless it seems.
Parking Enforcement in the city is out of control and they are driving Torontonians out of the city and into the suburbs which contributes to the massive traffic and pollution problem we have in this city.
If there are any suggestions you can make in terms of how to resolve this or who to contact that will actually listen to me, please help!