More Parking Changes and Restrictions Coming to Mississauga

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Parking has been a top topic in Mississauga for sometime, as the rapidly growing city has had to reconcile its older (perhaps more outdated) parking policies with its evolving infrastructure.

After introducing paid parking in portions of Streetsville and Port Credit, the city is now moving to extend on-street and overnight parking restrictions year-round.

So while the overnight parking restrictions (which you can request a temporary exemption from by calling 3-1-1) might disappoint some, residents should note that they could soon be able to park on the street for longer than three hours.

At a recent General Committee meeting, staff from Mississauga's Transportation and Works Department recommended that daily overnight parking restrictions be introduced from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and that on-street parking increase from three hours to five hours under the city's traffic bylaw.

"Parking needs are changing in Mississauga. As the city continues to grow and evolve, we want to give residents more flexible parking options such as accommodating increased parking on holy days, holidays and family celebrations," said Geoff Wright, commissioner, Transportation and Works.

For those who are unaware, on-street parking is currently not permitted for longer than three hours. It's also not permitted between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from November 1 to March 31—excluding holidays and other signed exemptions for parking beyond the three-hour limit between 8:00 a.m. to midnight.

According to the city, staff also recommended implementing a Digital Chalking Pilot Project to monitor on-street parking limit times and payment.

"Digital chalking records a parked vehicle's licence plate and wheel position to determine if it has exceeded the on-street parking time limit" said Wright.

During the 2019 business planning process, Mississauga's Enforcement section will ask for capital funding for the aforementioned project.

Pending council approval of the report on Dec. 13, the five hour on-street parking maximum will take effect in January 2018 and the overnight restrictions will start in April 2018.

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