The new Traffic and Parking By-law (No. 2017-301), and corresponding set fines approved by the Ontario Court of Justice, will take effect today, June 1, 2018 as per the recommendations in the Traffic and Parking By-law Update 2017 report, approved by City Council on September 13, 2017.
Under the new by-law, motorists will be able to park for up to six consecutive hours on weekends and statutory holidays, between 7 am and 7 pm where no parking limit signs are present. Previously, the limit was three hours.
Other changes to the by-law have been made to include new infrastructure such as bike boxes, pedestrian crossovers, roundabouts and electric vehicles. The by-law also includes language specified by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requirements. When property owners are constructing or redeveloping an off-street parking facility, the by-law now stipulates increased off-street parking ratios for accessible parking.
As Council representative for the Accessibility Advisory Committee, I am thrilled to see this addition of off-street parking spaces being implemented. I am also excited to see how these changes benefit residents across the City who may have been affected in the past by limiting visits to friends and family over weekends and holidays due to the 3-hour parking restriction.