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October parking blitz announced for Toronto

from OMCA

Mayor John Tory has announced Toronto police will conduct another blitz on cars parked or stopped illegally on Toronto's major roadways, beginning Oct. 5. While the announcement refers to "cars," past experience suggests enforcement activities will also include buses and trucks. Bus operators should remind drivers to respect parking signs whenever possible. When picking up groups at times when no stopping or no standing is allowed, drivers need to minimize the time spent waiting for groups to board and drivers should stay with the bus, ready to move if requested. To make matters worse, the marked "bus loading zone" and "bus parking zone" on Richmond Street south of the Sheraton Hotel have been eliminated to make way for a bike lane.

OMCA is working with Tourism Toronto, the Toronto Attractions Council, the Toronto Hotel Association and the City to get the City to address our growing concerns about the ever diminishing number of stopping places due to bike lanes and other infrastructure changes, the discriminatory $300 fine for coaches (compared to $40 to $100 for any other vehicle including trucks) and the need for more enforcement discretion when differentiating between "parking," "standing" and "stopping." more

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