Saturday, February 15, 2014

Fare jumpers to be hit harder

Metrolinx raises ticket fines for the 29% who don’t pay up

The Toronto Star

$20 fee to be added to tickets for fare evasion and illegal parking that end up with a collection agency.

GO Transit tickets that go to a collection agency are about to get $20 bigger.
Metrolinx is adding the extra fee as a way to make up the cost of going after the 29 per cent of delinquent fines that end up in collections. Most tickets written up by GO officers are for fare evasion ($100) and illegal parking (usually $25).
Of the 28,714 fines GO issued since July 2010, 8,455 have been sent to a collection agency hired in 2012. That adds another layer of cost to chasing down the offenders.
So on Friday, the Metrolinx board approved tacking on an extra $20 to tickets that have been sent to the collection agency.



TomW said...

$25 is too low for illegal parking.

Actually stuff it. No fine, but you get towed.

Lori said...

Yep, there should be a zero tolerance policy when it comes to illegal parking in GO lots. No fine, no fee when it goes to collections, just a tow.

Squiggles said...

Agreed. No Fines, just tow. Especially considering how most (I am assuming here as I only know the Ajax, Whitby and Pickering situations) have not only parking garages, but extra lots and such. Plus, make the impound fees prohibitive. Many people will only modify their behaviour if their wallet is negatively impacted.

Anonymous said...

No fine. Immediate tow.

TomW said...

Except for people who park a fire lane. They should have their car rammed by a fire truck repeatedly (until it is no longer in the way)