Mayor John Tory, with the support of police chief Mark Saunders, announced a new enforcement blitz starting October 5 on those who park illegally on major streets in central areas during rush hour. Police will be enforcing rush hour parking rules in an area of the city bounded by Dufferin Street to the west, Bloor Street to the north, the Don Valley Parkway to the east and Lakeshore Boulevard to the south. Tory said all violators will be tagged and towed. The blitz itself is not a new idea, the city enacted a similar program in January after Tory promised to crack down on illegal parking in his campaign. Tory said since the last blitz there has been an increase in illegal parking and rush hour has once again slowed, but where is the hard data?
Should a costly blitz be conducted on anecdotal evidence? Is this about gridlock or will it just benefit city coffers?