Automated Speed Enforcement systems are currently active in Community Safety Zones near schools. The City will begin issuing tickets on July 6, 2020.
Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) is an automated system that uses a camera and a speed measurement device to detect and capture images of vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. It is designed to work in tandem with other methods and strategies, including engineering measures, education initiatives and traditional police enforcement. ASE is focused on altering driver behaviour to decrease speeding and increase safety.
The images are reviewed by Provincial Offence Officers and then tickets are issued to the owner of the vehicle regardless of who was driving. Upon conviction, the only penalty is a fine – no demerit points will be issued nor will the registered owners driving record be impacted.
Locations are selected through a data-driven approach that considers speed and collision data. ASE systems will be placed in Community Safety Zones near schools.
Signs will be posted advising motorists when they are in a Community Safety Zone with an ASE system. Motorists should always obey the speed limit and always drive at a speed that will let them stop safely. This means driving below the posted speed limit in bad weather, in heavy traffic or in Community Safety Zones.
If a vehicle is detected travelling in excess of the posted speed limit, the registered owner of the vehicle will receive a ticket regardless of who was driving. The total payable amount includes a Set Fine under Schedule D of the Provincial Offences Act, a victim fine surcharge and applicable court costs. No demerit points will be issued by the Ministry of Transportation and no one’s driving record will be impacted.
There is no Set Fine for instances where a vehicle has exceeded the posted speed limit by 50 km/h or more. In these circumstances, a summons will be issued to the registered vehicle owner to appear before a Justice of the Peace.
Information on paying or disputing your ticket can be found by visiting the City of Toronto’s Court Services.
50 ASE systems are installed on local, collector and arterial roads in Community Safety Zones near schools. There are two systems per ward to ensure an even distribution.
The ASE systems are mobile and will rotate every three to six months within each ward. This provides an opportunity to address a greater number of areas with safety concerns and provide a wider-ranging deterrent effect. “Coming soon” warning signs will be posted 90 days before ticketing begins at any new ASE location. Warning letters will not be issued.
In selecting ASE sites, a two-staged process was used that was developed based on best practices and provincial guidelines.
Stage 1: First, an initial screening of all Community Safety Zones near schools were identified and prioritized based on the following data:
Stage 2: Once the sites were prioritized, a manual review of the site was conducted which included the following considerations:
Once sites are assessed, operational considerations may result in minor adjustments to site prioritizations.
To submit a request for ASE, please fill in the online form.
The City is launching a multilingual public education campaign to remind residents of the presence of ASE systems and the dangers of speeding.
Higher driving speeds contribute to a higher risk of serious injuries and fatalities:
Warning Letter Period
From January 20, 2020 to March 31, 2020, the City of Toronto issued over 25,000 warning letters to the registered owners of speeding vehicles. This was part of the City’s education campaign to inform residents about the new program and the implications of speeding. No fines were issued during this period.
The Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) pilot occurred between September and December of 2018.
During this four-month pilot program, ASE units were used to collect data to better understand the processing and administrative requirements of the enforcement program. Data was collected from school zones located on local, collector, and arterial roads at a total of 8 locations, with each location active for 1 month and included the collection of speed and volume data, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Automated Speed Enforcement pilot project did not involve the issuance of tickets or charges to vehicle owners as the regulations necessary from the Province of Ontario have not yet been enacted.
The following table provides a summary of the locations where the cameras were deployed and the data that was collected at each of the locations.
|Location (speed limit)||Average Weekly Vehicles detected above the speed limit||Average Weekly Vehicles detected more than 10km/h above the speed limit||Average Weekly Volume||Max Detected Speed (km/h)|
|Don Mills Rd