Don’t park your parking ticket, reminds City.

BRAMPTON, ON:  When it comes to parking tickets, the “I’ll deal with it later” approach will cost you more than you imagined. A basic $35 parking fine can increase up to $180 if delayed, ignored or for being absent at review meetings, and could impact renewal of vehicle registration. Latest staff report to Council shows that during June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016, more than 24,000 parking penalty notices were sent to the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) for licence plate denial.

When parking penalties are not paid in a timely manner, additional amounts such as late payment fee, MTO search and licence plate denial fees pile up, leading to four-five times the original amount as shown here.

The system used to process parking penalties issued in Brampton is called Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS). It is managed by the City, not the judicial system. To dispute a penalty notice, customers no longer have to wait for a court date, which took up to a year or more. Instead, the City can schedule up to 480 Screening Reviews a month, reducing wait times to 30 – 45 days.