Urban Blues: Fleets Confront New Parking Policy

Posted January 8, 2015 at 7:29 pm

Canadian businesses that pick up and make deliveries curbside take note: In an effort to keep traffic moving, Toronto officials recently implemented a zero-tolerance parking policy. Delivery trucks in violation of the new strict laws face two very visible, and on-the-spot consequences: The company truck is towed and a photo is posted on Twitter. Could this be the new normal in large cities in Canada and perhaps at some point in the U.S. as well?

Delivery trucks won’t get any special treatment, according to local police. Already, several major companies have been both tweeted and cited, including FedEx, Canada Post and Iron Mountain. A driver’s efficient turnaround during the tweeted photo session enabled a commercial laundry truck to avoid impoundment, the article said.

Toronto Constable Clint Stibbe says the goal is to help keep traffic moving, rather than write tickets and tow vehicles, according to an article in the Toronto National Post. Photos are posted to spur behavioral change on the part of the drivers’ employers; individual drivers aren’t identified.

Meanwhile, David Turnbull, president and CEO of the Canadian Courier and Logistics Association, said the city will add extra delivery zones to help truckers comply with the rules. Canada Post is already reviewing operating procedures to in order to reduce parked time. Click here, or on the link above for details.