Ever got a parking ticket within 10 minutes of your ticket expiring? Did you know there is a 10 minute grace period that they never tell you about?
Great, but want to know something else? Toronto Parking Enforcement is wasting your tax dollars, as they themselves have a 5 minute grace period even thought the city itself has a 10 minute grace period.
- The Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement Unit observes a 5-minute operational grace period before issuing a parking ticket for a time-limited offence, e.g. overstaying at a parking meter or a pay-and-display parking zone. The grace period is intended to ensure fairness and integrity in parking enforcement operations, and serves both as a courtesy to drivers, and avoids the issue of timing discrepancies between a driver’s watch, a hand-held ticket-writing device, and a meter or pay-and-display machine.
- The City of Toronto also has an administrative time allowance for time-limited offences including expired parking meters or expired pay-and-display receipts. This is a separate practice from the Toronto Parking Enforcement Unit, and may allow a parking ticket issued within 10 minutes of the expiry of the time-limited period to be cancelled, rather than requiring that drivers request a trial and appear in court in these circumstances.
Honestly, how difficult is it for Parking Enforcement (which is a unit of Toronto Police, whose budget is paid for by the City of Toronto) to have the same grace period of 10 minutes? Apparently too difficult for our local councillors to figure out.
And if you aren’t within the 10 minute grace period, then fight your parking ticket anyway with the TicketCombat’s handy guide. It’s good practice for more serious tickets.