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Parking & turn restrictions extended on 3 downtown Toronto streets

File photo of no parking and no stopping signs. THINKSTOCK

Peak-period parking restrictions and turning restrictions are being extended on three downtown streets in an effort to keep traffic, especially streetcars, moving.

The stopping, standing and turning restrictions will be extended during morning and afternoon rush hour periods on King Street, Queen Street and Adelaide Street.

The restrictions will be in place between 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and then from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. along Queen Street and King Street from Jarvis Street to Bathurst Street. On Adelaide Street, the changes will be in effect for the same time period from Yonge Street to University Avenue.

The changes come after new parking rules, also aimed at curbing traffic congestion, were unveiled in January.

Under the new rules, the city will be able to tow your vehicle if you have three undisputed, unpaid tickets on your record and a fourth is being issued. Click here for a map of where cars end up once they’re towed.

Parking officers will also be able to issue tickets for expired licence plate tags on parked cars. Previously, police pulled cars over to issue that fine.

And tickets for parking on busy streets during rush hour will more than double to a $150 fixed fine, meaning a judge can’t discount a disputed fine. The old charge was $60.