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  • In Toronto the way they test for vehicles parking too long is to come by once and put a chalk mark on the tires of all the cars parked on the street, then come back some time after the maximum duration has passed and give a ticket to any car with a chalk mark. So, you had to physically move the car to "change the indicator".

    Much, if not all, parking has changed from time-limited to paid parking in recent years, though. That came about as a financial issue, first because the city was looking for money, and second because they found that putting a couple of ticket issuing boxes on every block was a lot cheaper than putting a meter box on every parking slot (so there was a lower hardware cost to start metering and it was cheaper to collect money from two boxes than 20 per block, as well as the new boxes being able to take credit and debit cards).