Despite the province introducing heavier fines in 2008 for people caught abusing the disabled parking permit, the number of tickets issued in Ontario have remained steady.
In 2008, the fine for illegal use was tripled to a range from $300 to $5,000. Parking enforcers wrote tickets amounting to $1.5 million in 2007 before the change, and $4.5 million in 2008, but the number of tickets written went virtually unchanged.
The number of centenarians holding a permit remains questionably high at 4,400.
The government has also reduced the validity period for temporary parking permits, and eliminated “dead” permit holders.
One of the most ticketed spots in the city where tickets are doled out is Yorkville, which contains four hotspots. One spot alone was at 410 College St, near the Kensington Community School. It generated $1.9 million in tickets in one year alone (2005)!
What more can the government do to crack down on the fraudsters who take advantage of these permits to park in a convenient location that is meant for somebody who truly needs it? Even heavier fines? Suspension of driver’s licence?