We have had local reports of increased enforcement of the rules around parking near an intersection. We had heard previously that sometimes enforcement is lessened in downtown neighbourhoods due to limited parking, but there are good reasons for not parking too close to an intersection. Emergency and other large vehicles (garbage trucks, street cleaners, moving trucks etc.) require additional turning space. Parking too close to an intersection also blocks sight lines for everyone including cyclists and pedestrians. Displaying a parking permit doesn’t factor into this issue.
If it’s been a while since you read your Ontario Driver’s Handbook, these are some parking rules that apply whether there is a sign indicating it or not:
– Do not park within 9 metres of an intersection (or within 15 metres if it is controlled by traffic lights)
– Do not park within 3 metres of a fire hydrant
– Do not park within 100 metres of a bridge
– Do not park within 6 metres of a public entrance to a hotel, theatre or public hall when it is open to the public
We have heard from Councillor McConnell’s office that if you think you were ticketed unfairly, you can contact the office and they might be able to help.