The City of Toronto hopes to cut down on rush-hour gridlock by introducing a higher fine for drivers who park in no-stopping zones.

But what drivers may not know is that the city will also introduce new rush hour times for when those zones are in effect.

The changes are as follows:

  • For the morning, 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • For the evening, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Changing the rush hour times also means hundreds of signs will have to be altered but the city has not yet calculated the cost.

"We have not completed the assessment of the number of signs affected. The amendments will be a combination of either decals or replacement, depending on the condition of the sign itself," said Toronto Transportation Services department in an email to CTV Toronto.

Changing the rush hour times will have wider consequences for drivers, affecting left-hand turns, bus-only lanes and parking.

Transportation Services says approximately 30 intersections will be affected by the turn restrictions, primarily along King and Queen Streets.

The new rules are expected to come into effect in March 2014.

With a report from CTV Toronto’s Colin D’Mello