Parking Ticket Patience

Toronto is facing such a crippling backlog of challenges to parking tickets, reported the Toronto Star in August, that more than 73,000 citations from last year were still unresolved and many cases were proceeding even less hurriedly. Mahmood-Reza Arab, a computer programmer ticketed for parking too close to a hydrant in 2005, has dutifully met all deadlines for making a proper challenge; he was recently scheduled (again) for trial before a judge — this month, September 2013. A spokesman said the “normal” wait time for a court date is “only” 18 months.