Winter weather is magical, isn’t it?
Suddenly your car is a lemon. Your street is a skating rink. And those machines that dispense parking slips are just big, green ice sculptures.
What was rain on the weekend turned to ice with yesterday’s mercury dip, coating just about everything, including the city’s solar-powered pay-and-display machines.
For some drivers, that meant a free ride.
Gwyn Thomas, president of the Toronto Parking Authority, said he was receiving reports of defective dispensers from along the Danforth, around city hall and in the Beach.
He didn’t know how exactly how many machines were down, their buttons frozen and credit card readers illiterate. But while parking officials were busy de-icing, enforcement officers were told not to ticket near green machines that had turned glacial, he said.