So basically I have a $150 parking ticket for being 6 mins late to my car. Seems like this jerk was just sitting there waiting for me to be late. Is there anything I can do about this? Even reduce it? Is it worth the time to fight it?
+++ This is not legal advice, only my opinion +++
While the Toronto traffic courts are back logged, they do triage tickets based on the seriousness of the offence. So the more expensive your ticket the more likely they are to find a court date for you within the legally mandated time. That having been said it is probably worth filing for court, if nothing else it means you won't have to pay it until after your court date and there is always the possibility that a way to beat the ticket will present it self.
The grace period does not apply when overstaying a meter and it becomes a no parking or stopping zone.
Mind you the same could be said for speeding as well.
Former Ontario Police Officer. Advice will become less relevant as the time goes by !
They aren't fooling around with this kind of charge anymore. If you're charged during a blitz, they aren't waiting for you to move your car, they'll move it for you.
In the end, none of this really matters. Whether it's 2 minutes after 4pm or 30, you're still guilty. I'm just trying to give some insight on the "grace period" aspect of it that was asked.
It's one of those tickets where you'd have to consider how much your time is worth. If not, start by requesting a trial and go from there. You might want to get a notice of trial first before hanging your hat on any 11b application. You'll have appear at your trial and it's possible your application may be denied anyways.