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You’ve been warned: Grace period over on King Street

CityNews | posted Monday, Nov 20th, 2017

A police officer issues a warning to a driver during the first week of the King Street Pilot Project (CityNews)

The grace period for drivers who disobey the rules of the King Street pilot project officially ended Monday morning.

All traffic on King Street between Jarvis and Bathurst streets is only allowed to travel a single block before being forced to turn right – no left turns and no through traffic is allowed. The pilot project aims to keep that stretch of road virtually car-free, allowing streetcars to move unhindered.

The TTC says more than 65,000 people use the King streetcar during the week, but traffic congestion slows the service down to a crawl.

Toronto police have been handing out warnings instead of fines over the past week as drivers adjusted to the new rules on the downtown street.

But starting Monday, there will be a no tolerance policy. Fines begin at $110 and come with two demerit points upon conviction.

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