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An obscure parking signal in Great Toronto Area

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:48 pm
by Galahad2018
Here is one obscure parking signal around Toronto. Which one does it mean?
A) Parking is prohibited between 8:30am and 4:30 pm during July and August while Monday and Friday are exempted.
B) Parking is probihited between 8:30am and 4:30pm while Monday to Friday in July and August are exempted.
C) Parking is probihited between 8:30am and 4:30pm while Monday and Friday in July and August are exempted.
D) Parking is prohibited while Monday and Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm during July and August are exempted.
E) Parking is probihited while Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm during July and August are exempted.

Re: An obscure parking signal in Great Toronto Area

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:46 am
by bend
I don't know if it's all that obscure.

It's no parking 8:30pm to 4:30pm (Monday to Friday) except during July and August, where you are free to park.

It's most likely beside a school where there is a runoff from available spots in the parking lots or where students pay for parking.

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:24 am
by whaddyaknow
While I agree with bend's interpretation, as a computer programmer I can see how there are challenges with interpreting the logic based purely on reading the sign ;-)

There may be regulations which inform us on how to read the sign, of course.

Re: An obscure parking signal in Great Toronto Area

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:59 am
by Zatota
I'm sure the intention of the sign is as Bend has suggested, but I can see how it could easily be confusing. It would probably be better if the text were:
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
MON - FRI
SEPT - JUNE

Re: An obscure parking signal in Great Toronto Area

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:32 pm
by Galahad2018
The problem is why the word EXEMPT is inserted between Jul& and Mon Fri. If the exact meaning is answer B, why does not the word EXEMPT apprear just after 8:30am-4:30pm?

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:59 am
by whaddyaknow
Galahad2018 wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:48 pm
B) Parking is probihited between 8:30am and 4:30pm while Monday to Friday in July and August are exempted.
I don't think anybody's claiming that the answer is B.

In fact, I don't think any of your options reflect the true (intended) meaning as bent said.

F) Parking is prohibited (between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday), except during July and August, during which there is no prohibition.

As I said above, the logic of getting there is a bit convoluted.

Did you actually get a ticket or is this just a thought exercise?

Re: An obscure parking signal in Great Toronto Area

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:49 pm
by Galahad2018
It is true that I got a parking ticket there. Not only me. Some others also complained this parking signal led to different meanings.