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article imageCity of Toronto withdraws more than 800,000 parking tickets

By Owen Weldon     Sep 7, 2015 in Technology
Toronto - On September 4, the city of Toronto withdrew hundreds of thousands of parking tickets. The number of tickets the city withdrew was around 880,000.
On Sunday, a statement was issued by the city, and it said that the number represented less than 3 percent of parking tickets issued between 2012 and 2014.
The city said it would have cost more than $23 million to bring each case to court, and the total amount for the unpaid tickets was an estimated $20 million. It was more worthwhile to cancel the tickets than it was to bring each case to court.
On Friday, a city attorney went to court to have the tickets withdrawn.
The mayor of Toronto, John Tory, had something to say about this. He said that someone decided to do a housecleaning after years of the files going bad, and that they decided to do it on his watch, even though it happened before his time. Tory said he was ticked off because it represents a failure of management and he isn't sure where the failure is. He added that he thinks an auditor should examine this.
Chicago has decided to take a different approach to Toronto. Chicago's mayor signed off on a six-week amnesty program, which covers not only parking tickets, but also speeding tickets. The program applies to all debts that are owed to the city.
Those who have unpaid tickets violations issued before 2012, will be able to pay them off without having to pay back taxes, penalties or interest. However, they did to do this between November 1 and December 15.
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