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City of Calgary upping park infraction fees

On Wednesday, a city hall committee will discuss bringing parking infraction fines up to the provincially set standard

Procrastinators beware, waiting to pay for your parking ticket could cost you an extra $18 soon. 

On Wednesday, a city hall committee will discuss bringing parking infraction fines up to the provincially set standard, which will see Calgary ranked as the third most pricey city to be caught parking too far from a curb or obstructing a laneway. 

The bylaw is being updated to “create consistency” and eliminate the possibility of having two different fines for the same offence in one municipality. 

“It falls in line with what the province is doing, and it addresses increased costs,” said Coun. Shane Keating. He added although the price is going up, it’s probably not going to stop parking offenders. 

Keating said for those who don’t wait to pay, they wouldn’t notice a huge difference. The fine for early responders has increased $4, which makes up for the city’s rising costs to enforce bad parking. 

Coun. Sean Chu said he likes the city to balance both offering carrots and sticks, and this is a stick situation. 

“This is a stick, some people are saying they might as well park because the fee is lower than the cost of parking, so what’s the point of paying parking,” said Chu. “We want a deterrent.” 

Chu said he gets numerous complaints about people who park in residential areas close to CTrain stations, and while the city is still approaching fines reactively, raising fees might deter people from parking illegally in the first place. 

“You’ve got to do what makes sense too, if you double, or triple the cost that’s a totally different story,” said Chu.

According to the report going before committee, in 2015 approximately 270,000 parking tickets were doled out. Of those, only 20 per cent were issued under the Calgary Parking Blyaw, with the rest of the tickets written in the Calgary Traffic Bylaw. The fine increases will help boost city revenue by $500,000 “assuming no improvement in compliance.”

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