You may have been surprised to find a $60 fine for parking your moped, scooter or motorcycle on Toronto streets and boulevards this week.
Toronto police say they began the crackdown on Monday in conjunction with Canada Road Safety Week.
Const. Hugh Smith explained that parking enforcement officers hadn’t been enforcing the city bylaw, which applies to motorized vehicles such as mopeds, scooters and motorcycles, but not bicycles and e-bikes which have no plates.
“The campaign is basically to let people know that the law is in effect. This’ll be the norm as it should have been,” he said.
The parking enforcement unit has been lenient in the past because of an exemption that allows chained mopeds to park at bike racks or poles unless they obstruct pedestrian traffic. And the common practice was to not ticket any motorized vehicles.
Motorcycles, scooters and mopeds are still exempt from paying parking fees at meters and pay−and−display machines.
Smith advises anyone who’s gotten a ticket to go to court which may be lenient given that the enforcement campaign is only days old.
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