- How is a Penalty Notice Issued?
A City of Markham Municipal Law Enforcement Officer can issue a Penalty Notice for a Parking violation by:
I just received a Penalty Notice. What are my options?
- Affixing it to the motor vehicle;
- Serving personally to the driver at the time of the violation;
- Delivering personally to the person as soon as reasonably possible;
- Sending it by registered or regular mail to the person’s last known address (which is considered served on the 7th day after it is mailed);
- Sending it by fax to the person’s last known fax number; or
- Sending it by email to the person’s last known email address.
If you have received a Penalty Notice, you must choose one of the two options below within 15 days from the date the Penalty Notice was issued to avoid late payment or other administrative fees.
Option 1: Pay the Penalty Notice within 15 days:
Option 2: Dispute the Penalty Notice by requesting a Screening Review appointment with a Screening Officer within 15 days from the date of issuance online or by calling 905.477.5530.
How can I dispute my Penalty Notice?
To dispute your Penalty Notice you must request a Screening Review appointment with a Screening Officer. You can request an appointment by doing one of the following:
I need an Interpreter to assist me during my Screening Review or Hearing Review
- Book your Appointment Online through the Ticket Portal at https://portal.gtechna.com/userportal/markham/ticketSearch.xhtml to schedule a date and time that works best for you. If you request a Screening Review appointment online, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from NoReply@markham.ca when the appointment request is approved. If you do not receive your appointment confirmation email within 24 hours of submission, it is your responsibility to follow up on the status of your request by calling 905.477.5530.
- By Calling 905.477.5530 to speak to a live customer service representative.
If you need an interpreter, you are responsible for bringing a person to assist you during your scheduled Screening Review or Hearing Review appointment. The City does not provide an interpreter.
What if I missed the deadline to schedule a Screening Review?
Under extenuating or extreme circumstances (such as death or illness etc), you may be granted an extension to request a Screening Review appointment. Documentation may be requested. Call 905.477.5530 or e-mail ParkingAdmin@markham.ca for more details.
What if I don’t attend my scheduled Screening Review or Hearing Review?
If you do not attend your scheduled appointment, the Penalty Notice will be affirmed and the vehicle’s Registered Owner will be required to pay a fee for failing to attend the appointment as set out in the confirmation of appointment email. The fee for failure to appear at a scheduled appointment is $50 for a Screening Rewview, and $100 for a Hearing Review.
What if I am not satisfied with the Screening Officer’s decision?
If the matter is still in dispute following the review by the Screening Officer, you can request a review by a Hearing Officer on or before the payment due date listed on your Screening Decision Notice. At the Heaering Review appointment, you can provide evidence to support your claim. Hearing Review appointment, you can provide evidence to support your claim. Hearing Review appointments are open to the public.The Hearing Officer's decision is final.
Can someone else act on my behalf during a Screening Review or Hearing Review appointment?
Yes. You can authorize another person to act as your representative during a Screening Review or Hearing Review appointment. You must complete the Authorization to Act as an Agent Form and the person must bring the signed and completed form with them to the appointment.
I just received a Past Due Notice, now what?
If you received a Past Due Notice, this means that the City has not received payment of the Penalty Notice or you have not requested a Screening Review appointment within the required timeframe. You are no longer eligible to request a Screening Review appointment and must take action to avoid incurring additional administrative fees.
I just received a Final Notice, now what?
If you received a Final Notice, this means that the City has not received payment of the Penalty Notice. You must take action to avoid being placed in plate denial with the Ministry of Transportation at which time you will be required to pay the outstanding fine and application administration fees at the time of the renewal of your Ontario Vehicle Permit.
What will happen if I ignore the Penalty Notice?
If you do not choose one of the options listed on the back of your Penalty Notice, the City assumes you have decided not to dispute the Penalty Notice and you may be required to pay additional administrative fees. Additionally, if the Penalty Notice and administrative fees remain unpaid, a notice of default will be sent to the Ontario Registrar of Motor Vehicles which will result in your Ontario Vehicle Permit renewal being denied.
Are there any additional administrative fees?
Yes. Under specific circumstances administrative fees can be applied to your total amount due. For example, administrative fees are applied to late payments, failure to attend a scheduled Screening Review or Hearing Review appointment, and Ministry of Transportation (MTO) searches etc.
Below is a table of the applicable Administrative Fees:
Why did Markham implement the AMPS program?
|Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Search Fee
|Late Payment Fee
|Screening Non-Appearance Fee
(For example: failure to appear at a scheduled Screening Review appointment)
|Hearing Non-Appearance Fee
(For example: failure to appear at a scheduled Hearing Review appointment)
|Plate Denial Fee
The Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) was introduced to help the over-burdened courts by streamlining the process and allowing Municipalities to handle parking violations. Resolving parking matters could potentially take months in the congested court system. Under AMPS, parking matters can be resolved in weeks.
AMPS is more effective because:
Types of Penalty Notices
- Individuals can resolve parking matters in a more convenient and citizen-friendly environment;
- The City is able to deal with parking violations in a timely manner;
- Individuals can continue to exercise their right to dispute the parking ticket by requesting an appointment review of the ticket with a Screening Officer or Hearing Officer;
- Individuals may request an extension of time to pay their Parking Ticket from a Screening Officer or Hearing Officer;
- It reduces the congestion in Provincial Courts; and,
- Allows for better use of court time and resources for more serious matters.
There are two types of parking Penalty Notices that the City issues: