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Toronto parking enforcement blitz to begin Monday

01/04/2015 08:00 EST | Updated 03/06/2015 05:59 EST
If you park illegally in Toronto, your time of reckoning has come.

Beginning Monday, Toronto police will begin enforcing a zero-tolerance policy aimed at towing illegally parked vehicles from city streets during rush hour and reducing traffic congestion. 

Mayor John Tory said earlier this week that an increased number of tow trucks and police officers will be on hand to start the enforcement blitz. 

Throughout the 2014 municipal campaign, Tory promised to crackdown on illegally parked vehicles, particularly delivery vehicles, if he was elected.

Last month he announced the initiative as part of his six-point plan to ease traffic throughout the city. 

Tory said that parking enforcement officers will be reassigned from residential areas to major thoroughfares and intersections during peak traffic periods.

"You will be towed. If I have to chip in and drive a tow truck myself, you will be towed," he joked. 

Tory has said he also hopes the stepped-up enforcement will help the city collect on the nearly $4-million in unpaid parking tickets given to drivers with out-of-province plates each year. 

On Friday, the Ontario Trucking Association released a statement asking Tory to reconsider the immediate enforcement of the policy for delivery trucks, saying there are better ways to reduce traffic downtown. 

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