Roughly 500 people left their cars on a Toronto street before 8am – and no one’s done anything about it

Lines of arrows painted on a Toronto street are apparently the result of abuse of local parking rules.

Some drivers are confused by the arrows.

The lines are on 4775 Imperial Drive, and they supposedly look like “forbidden” parking zones, possibly in reference to where cars aren’t supposed to park.

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“That’s pretty awesome,” one Twitter user who said the signs reminded her of western Canadian skiing resorts, wrote, “I wonder if the people who painted it are ever going to learn.”

According to the driver who first brought the issue to our attention, the lines are to alert residents to prohibited parking zones in the area, where people are less likely to enjoy the large range of parking options that range from lots to pay lots.

“We created this for people that do not want to park in the neighbourhood, for those that don’t want to be inconsiderate,” Normurotto says.

This rules the area in downtown Toronto where Normurotto says he lives. A post shared by Travis Normurotto (@travisdsl) on Oct 10, 2018 at 6:54am PDT

Though Normurotto said the signs were well intentioned, the large number of people leaving their vehicles on the sidewalk or in the roadway is leading to questions about whether they’re enforcing the rules fairly.

People also said the sign might not be drawing the attention of distracted drivers, who tend to be at fault for so many of the “incidents” at neighbourhood traffic lights.

Though the signs don’t have specific penalties for parking in prohibited areas, they could in theory be enforced by the Toronto city police.

The signs have been posted on Imperial Drive near 5068 Dixon Road and have been in place for a few weeks. The sign located on Dixon Road has also been posted, Normurotto says.

Normurotto says the community is working with the police to enforce the regulations and that they will have three hours to remove any vehicles left on the sidewalk once they’re spotted.

There were 508 parking ticket violations in Toronto in the last month, the last of which was a 30-day sentence that required the owner to pay $115 in fines, the Toronto Sun reported.

Normurotto said the 35-foot stretch of road was typically full of parked cars at night and early morning, and those parked in the prohibited areas.

“Everybody goes by and says, ‘What the hell are you doing?’” Normurotto said. “But the police guy tells me they’ve got the record of every parking infraction in the entire city.”

In the meantime, those left parked in the area may want to take advantage of one of the many nearby free parking options. And people driving down to the area at night may want to watch where they park before leaving their vehicles overnight.

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