The second towing crackdown backed by Mayor John Tory this year has raised millions of dollars, removed lots of cars and got plenty of media coverage. But the point was speeding up traffic and it is not clear whether it accomplished that. TomTom, a leading provider of GPS-navigation systems, analyzed some key downtown roads for The Globe and Mail. TomTom says that although they are unable to incorporate all of the variables that make traffic so complex, the overall picture that emerges offers little evidence that travel times had come down dramatically in 2015. In only two of the thirteen cases studied – Richmond Street in the morning and southbound Spadina Avenue in the evening – were the reductions in travel time greater than 90 seconds.
Is this evidence that the illegal parking campaign is nothing more than a revenue generator that should be scrapped?