‘Loot’ Toronto street. It’s no sidewalk — and it never will be

Written by By J Bárbara, CNN

Drivers in Toronto should beware. It might look easy to park on a narrow stretch of a street that hosts a post office, a convenience store and a barber shop, but don’t be fooled — sometimes the parking lot behind each of these spots will land you with a parking ticket.

Toronto city council installed parking signs near the busy street after receiving hundreds of complaints. In February 2018, when Mayor John Tory ordered the City of Toronto to clamp down on parking time limits and other specific areas around the city, drivers who parked near the side streets claiming to have no parking space still were ticketed.

In the first six months of this year, city inspectors have been issued more than 300 fines to drivers who ignored the parking restrictions along Aldercroft Avenue . A close look at these signs reveals that the built-in gap means that vehicles can park there — with impunity.

“When you look at this street and particularly just before and after things start to happen on the street, you can’t see that it’s not a parking spot anymore,” Ian Scott, a local resident and former Toronto city councillor told VICE .

“There’s no parallel parking, there’s no space for things to be stored, there’s no storage area. It’s not a car park,” Scott said.

There’s no ‘micro parking’ on Aldercroft Avenue . A picture taken from a distance shows each side of the space with paint squiggles in the middle .

In an email to CNN, Cory Wolfe, a spokesperson for the City of Toronto said the signs are a temporary solution and that the Aldercroft Avenue area will revert to normal parking regulations after a few more months . Wolfe also said the signs have had an affect on tickets issued for “other irregularities,” meaning drivers will no longer receive a ticket for ignoring a parking restriction.

In 2016, Uber and Lyft drivers complained that the city was causing enormous problems for their business. In June of that year, Toronto agreed to clear the streets of commercial vehicles who regularly parked on Uber and Lyft drivers’ streets.

“I have had cars towed and have had Uber have to come and remove ‘hot cars’, ” Uber driver Jacky Ng said at the time. “I try to educate them because we’re trying to start a new business here.”

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