So what happens when you want to fight a parking ticket?
You have 15 days to go to one of the four court offices and wait in a long line in order to request a trial. However prior to that, you’ve had to pay for parking, you’ve had to schedule time off work, use your lunch hour, hire a babysitter or worse take your baby with you in order to schedule a trial. This is so nerve wrecking that most people would ignore the ticket and just pay for it when they need to renew their sticker.
Toronto issues about 600 hundred thousand tickets for parking meter violations each year and about 40 thousand are not valid violations.
There is a new option in place and that is to fight your parking ticket electronically, via email or fax. This is only available to parking meter infractions. In many instances the police officer didn't see the ticket, read the time wrong, the pay and display meter printed the ticket incorrectly, the customer put it in their pocket or purse in a rush but will have proof that they've paid. In cases where the meter is broken and you don’t have a camera or phone handy, this new system will not work, you must still visit one of the four offices.
If you've sent proof and it wasn't enough, you do have the option to fight the ticket at a trial but that also you’ll have to do in person.