June 3, 2013
Charlottesville City Council motored forward with an ordinance increasing some parking fines and forgiving another.
Under the new ordinance, if you park longer than a space's limit, you would pay a fine of $20 instead of the current $15.
If you illegally park in a handicapped spot, the fine would be $180 dollars instead of the current $100.
"We did feel like it was time to bring the fines up. They hadn't been raised in a long time and we wanted to bring them up to sort of the industry standard, so to speak, and encourage people to not violate our parking ordinance. And it helps bring in some extra revenue for some of the many programs we operate here in the city," said Councilor Dave Norris.
Norris explained that the handicapped fine increase is sizable because council wants accessibility for people with restricted mobility.
"Parking in a handicapped space is a pretty significant increase. We really want to make sure that Downtown Charlottesville is visitable for people who are in wheelchairs or have mobility limitations," said Norris.
But the ordinance doesn't just increase parking fines. Council also wants to implement what amounts to a Get Out of Parking Fine Free card. That is, it would waive your first overtime parking fine every year.
City Council approved the first reading of the ordinance Monday night. At its next meeting, it can make its final approval and determine the details of the waiver system.