The city is doubling the cost of most parking violations to $20.
City councilors this week unanimously agreed to hike the fees charged for illegal parking by $10 for every violation except improper use of a handicapped spot, a charge that was reduced from $150 to $90 in the hope that police officers will hand out more tickets.
City Councilor Craig Minor, who heads the Ordinance Committee, said the change “simply increases the fines” to keep up with inflation.
The city hasn’t raised its parking fines in many years, officials said, and other towns nearby levy higher charges.
The problem with the existing $150 infraction for handicapped parking violations is that officers can’t just leave a ticket on the car, complicating the procedure for cracking down, police officials have said.
By lowering the fine and making it possible to leave a ticket, police aim to crack the whip more often on the parking scofflaws.
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