Toronto Drivers Disgusted After Keys for Parking Destroyed

Faced with a desperate need for a parking spot and confused about whether they’re legally allowed to park there, a number of drivers in Toronto have reported spotting their driveway codes being painted on the ground for them to see in the car.

While it isn’t illegal to park in the spot painted on Nadine Wilton’s street, it is illegal to park on that same street.

“The codes on Nadine Wilton’s driveway aren’t illegal. They are just of no value,” said Richard Watts, the city’s spokesman for the Ministry of Transportation. “The rules are written on asphalt. They are meant to be dropped and nothing more.”

A series of the codes, clearly marked on white painted tiles on the parking spot, have been slowly piling up and have been attracting attention from angry residents living on the street.

“It’s just like Christmas; you’re getting this new blind in your blind, and you know it’s going to be some tiny bugs. But they’re hungry and don’t want to eat the bugs or the blind, so they’re going to go after the blind, and it just sucks the life out of you,” Nadine Wilton told

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“These codes are about identifying off-street parking spaces and reminding drivers of the area’s legal parking requirements and rules,” Watts said. “I know that the codes are faded and it is hard to distinguish between rusty concrete and pavement, so it is possible that these codes could have gotten mixed up with black tire rims and other debris.”

In response to what he calls a nuisance issue, the city is in the process of reversing some of the parking spots.

“It is a mixed bag of positive and negative stories,” Watts said. “Some complaints are like Nadine Wilton’s, which is somewhat annoying, and others may be demeaning to neighbours who live there.”

Ontario’s Green Energy Act allows public street parking in any of the city’s 2,764 designated bus routes, said Watts. Off-street parking must be controlled by signs, which are more readily visible than painted on asphalt.

Watson said she’s still processing the fact that while she is supposed to be allowed to park on her driveway on that street, it appears some neighbours aren’t.

“I know it’s unfair but I can’t win,” she said. “The city doesn’t know who’s who.”

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