Eric Lai answers readers’ auto questions every week for Wheels.
Q: I took a picture of a Toronto Parking Enforcement vehicle parked next to a “no parking” sign as I think it’s incredibly unfair to be out issuing tickets to others while the officer is also committing the same violation in the process. This happens quite a lot.
Any chance you can get an official explanation for this?
A: Toronto Parking Enforcement referred our inquiry to a supervisor, but no reply was received as of press time.
The unofficial reason, of course, is they have to park somewhere. And they’re not really parking. They’re just passing through while doing their job. It just looks bad.
Keep in mind, however, that parking in a “no parking” zone is not an absolute violation as several other designated groups, including delivery persons, are permitted to temporarily park in such zones while doing their jobs. Accessible Parking Permits (with the “wheelchair” logo) also allow persons with disabilities to park in these areas.
A complaint would be justified, in my opinion, when someone parks in a no standing or no stopping zone, in a live traffic lane, a fire lane, or blocks a pedestrian entrance or wheelchair ramp, or a loading zone, driveway, laneway, intersection, crosswalk, pedestrian crossover or anywhere drivers should rightly know never to park.
This applies equally to delivery persons, APP holders, and parking enforcement as none of these groups have absolute free reign to park willy-nilly without regard to how it adversely affects others.
Police, fire and ambulance vehicles may park anywhere as reasonably necessary when attending an actual emergency. If, however, they choose to act unprofessionally and abuse the privilege by blocking traffic to run into a coffee shop, for example, then a public complaint and/or an unflattering YouTube video are more than likely to follow in this digital recording age.
Columns Everything you need to know about purchasing, maintaining and driving your car.
Become a member
Register now to access all features including:
- Save and ask friends to review vehicles
- Exclusive rebates & offers from local dealers
- Premium content, reviews and tools
All for free!
Already a member?
Registration 2 of 2
Welcome to Wheels!
As a final step we've sent a confirmation to your email address as a security measure. Please click the link in the email to complete your registration.
Terms of services
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, TORONTO STAR IS PROVIDING THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES ON AN "AS IS" AND â€œAS AVAILABLEâ€ BASIS AND MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, IN ANY CONNECTION WITH THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES, THEIR CONTENTS, OR ANY WEB SITE OR CONTENTS WITH WHICH IT IS LINKED. TORONTO STAR DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTION OF THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES OR THEIR CONTENTS WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES OR THE SERVERS THAT MAKE IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE, SHALL TORONTO STAR BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF INCOME OR PROFIT, LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, OR FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND OR CHARACTER (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY COMPENSATORY, INCIDENTAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES), EVEN IF TORONTO STAR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR LOSSES, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES, THEIR CONTENTS, OR ANY WEBSITE OR CONTENTS WITH WHICH IT IS LINKED. IN NO EVENT SHALL TORONTO STARâ€™S TOTAL LIABILITY FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE, EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU FOR ACCESSING THIS SITE.X