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Expanded metered parking by Toledo City Council should be suspended

Op By La Prensa

There is a big change facing Toledo motorists in early 2021, this one having to do with downtown parking. While drivers can still enjoy some free downtown parking through the holidays, all of that changed, effective Jan. 4, 2021.

Prior to January 4th, on-street parking in the downtown Toledo area was enforced Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Under the new parking rules, free lunchtime parking is eliminated, a consistent two-hour parking limit will be strictly enforced, and the downtown parking enforcement area expands to include the Warehouse District and Uptown areas. An extra hour of paid metered parking also has been added, meaning ParkSmart—the Enforcer—can issue parking citations Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

 

Drivers also can expect expedited enforcement of parking tickets and a new schedule of fines. Parking violations will remain $10 for the first four offenses, but then increase to $20 for the fifth through ninth offenses, and to $30 for the tenth or more.

Toledo city officials contend the changes will allow for greater turnover of parking spaces and provide more access in the downtown area for motorists, and thus, increase business.

Implementation of the Toledo City Council ordinance had been delayed twice in 2020, first to allow more time to purchase and install signs and meters and hold informational meetings. The second delay occurred when the coronavirus pandemic hit, with its deadly COVID-19.

The implementation of these new rules should be suspended until the nation can get a handle on curbing this horrific pandemic. Downtown restaurants in particular are hurting and these new parking rules only add to their suffering. These new rules will also inhibit the development of the downtown area. Just look at the 3 vacant, crumbling skyscrapers at the intersection of Huron and Madison Streets [Spitzer, Security, and National Bank Buildings] that have stood empty for decades.

There are other ways for the City to obtain revenue other than these new, punitive parking measures.   

 

 

 

 
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