Parking at a meter in the city after it has expired will soon get you a $35 ticket on your windshield. City Enforcement Services Manager Chris Manuel explains there are two parts of the plan for parking in the downtown.
The first part is eventually changing the meters to something similar to pay-by-plate style but this portion could take up to 3 years.
“With the new overtime parking fees, it is more of a software update we have to do to our computer systems to allow for us to issue tickets with that fine. This could happen much quicker, within the next month or two”
The current price tag attached to over time parking is at $25. The same $15 discount will still apply which will make the ticket $20 if it is paid within 10 days of receiving it.
“We still have work to do to implement it. All of our tickets are electronic tickets and the programming has to be changed. It isn’t something that will happen overnight. Technically the bylaw is in effect as of now but the process will need to be amended.”
Included in the new parking ticket change is the “pay by space” lots owned by the city. The $35 fine will apply to anyone who parks overtime or fails to pay for the time they are there. The parking lot spaces under the library are the only parking spaces this applies to as of right now.
City council says the $10 increase is to deter people from letting their meters expire and from letting a ticket go too long without paying.