The City of Markham is using a new process for the enforcement of most of the City’s parking by-law violations.
The Municipal Act, 2001 allows municipalities to use an Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) for parking by-law violations.
Markham City Council passed a By-law [PDF] to implement an Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) in June 2015. The program came into effect on October 1, 2015 in the City of Markham.
An Administrative Monetary Penalty System is a more efficient way for municipalities to enforce parking by-laws. A Penalty Notice, which is the same as a Parking Ticket, will be issued by enforcement officers for failing to comply with the City’s Parking By-law.
The new process allows the City to deal with parking matters in a fair, effective and efficient manner. It is designed to streamline the enforcement process and is considered a service enhancement because parking violations are no longer disputed through the backlogged court system.
A number of measures have been put in place to ensure the City’s new process is fair and objective. Penalty Notices can be disputed by requesting an appointment with a Screening Officer. The decision of a Screening Officer can also be reviewed by a Hearing Officer, who is an independent and impartial person.