Falling traffic ticket revenue has caught the attention of some at city hall, as revenues generated from violations has dropped.
Toronto police say an increase in enforcement of parking during rush hour has contributed to a decline in the total number of parking tickets issued, but an increase in the number of tows.
Ticket revenue slipped from $72.1 million in 2014 to just $55.4 million in 2015. Actual ticket numbers were down to 2.18 million from 2.49 million in 2014. That’s about a 14% decrease.
The city’s government management committee says almost 43,000 vehicles were towed last year, that’s almost double 2014 numbers which were about 20,000.
In January of 2015, Mayor John Tory rolled out a crackdown on rush hour parking. Police credit the increased towing to the crackdown and efforts to tow Ontario-licensed and out-of-province vehicles that have three or more long-outstanding parking tickets.