Parking enforcement blitz to clear bus and cycling lanes, and rush-hour routes

The City of Ottawa reminds motorists to abide by parking regulations and not to use or block bus, cycling or rush hour lanes. By-law & Regulatory Services will ticket and tow vehicles that are in violation of these parking regulations.

 To improve traffic flow, the City will undertake an enforcement blitz that will focus on main arterial roads where cars may also be ticketed and towed to prevent illegal parking during rush hour. Enforcement is increasing to ensure public safety and efficient vehicular flow in high-traffic areas in the downtown core.

 Motorists are not permitted to use bus-only lanes, even for short drop-offs or deliveries. These lanes are reserved for OC Transpo and emergency vehicles. The fine for stopping in a bus-only lane is $120. Bus-only lanes are clearly marked on the roadway with diamond shapes, defined white borders and signage.

 In addition, stopping or parking in a cycling lane endangers cyclists. Vehicles are not permitted to park in segregated bike lanes and cycling lanes and will face penalties, including towing and a $120 fine. Vehicles may cross over cycling lanes when turning or entering a loading zone, but must not impede cyclists.