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Vehicle towings doubled last year, thanks to Mayor Tory

A car gets towed on Richmond Street in Toronto as an anti-gridlock blitz starts Jan. 5, 2014. CARL HANSTKE/680NEWS

Toronto  towing companies were twice as busy last year and it’s all thanks to our mayor, John Tory.

Tory’s rush-hour parking blitz campaign resulted in 17,348 rush-hour towings last year, according to a report by Toronto police.

This inflated the 20,238 vehicles towed in 2014 to approximately 42,763 in 2015. That’s a 111 per cent increase.

The enforcement blitz, which began in January 2015, was Tory’s zero-tolerance initiative to combat gridlock in our city.

In contrast, the number of parking tickets continued to decrease for the fourth year in a row.

Almost 2.5 million tickets were handed out last year, which is roughly 310,000 less than 2014, and of those tickets 16 per cent got cancelled.

Parking fines are a big revenue-maker for the city, raking in $72.1-million for council in 2014.

Only $55.4-million has been collected from 2015 fines so far, with the city hoping to collect more owed funds this year.