I wish that I could put this story down to the silly-season, the pre-election follies that afflict City Hall.
I wish, but I can’t.
Today, we learn in the Star that TTC buses will be forced to comply with the anti-idling bylaw, although there are good reasons for not doing so, as the article describes.
Meanwhile, we learned only two days ago of the many exemptions available to those who flout traffic control bylaws. These are the “legal” exemptions, not to mention the many other road users who operate as if traffic bylaws don’t apply to them.
Enforcement can be spotty, even when paid duty constables are hired as the TTC did a few years ago to patrol King Street, because everyone knows the tickets will either be cancelled, or will be treated as a business expense. Meanwhile, the City and the TTC gripe about traffic congestion and its effect on transit service.
Maybe they should both start with a “war on cars” where it matters, on all those cars that block lanes intended for moving traffic. A fleet of tow trucks will drive the message home that roads do not exist to store cars, they exist to move them.
Once that challenge is in hand, the City can turn to a long-suggested but still not implemented proposal to extend the times designated for rush hour restrictions.
If Toronto has nothing better to do than ticket idling buses, then the City has lost sight of the real problem on our streets.