Penticton city staff are proposing that the city charge more for parking infractions. The motion was approved by council on Oct. 6, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Black Press Media)

Parking fines to increase in Penticton in 2021

The city issued 7,345 parking tickets for $116,000 in revenue in 2019

Starting next year, parking tickets will be more punishing in Penticton.

Council approved the proposal unanimously from the city to increase fines for parking tickets by up to $10.

Following council’s approval, the change in fees will take effect Jan. 1, 2021.

Most tickets, if paid early or on-time, would only increase by $5. There are currently two types of parking tickets issued in Penticton.

Type ‘A’ tickets are given to drivers who either fail to pay to park in a metered spot or stay longer than the time they paid for. The cost of a type A ticket $20 if paid early, $40 if paid on time, and $45 if paid late. Staff is recommending all of these fines be raised by $5.

Type ‘B’ tickets are reserved for drivers who park in residential areas without a permit, in yellow curb zones, and other no parking zones. The cost of a type B ticket $40 if paid early or $55 otherwise. Staff is recommending that council raise the early payment fine to $45, the on-time fine to $60 as well as the introduction of a $65 penalty for type B infractions that are paid late.

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In 2019, the city collected approximately $116,000 in revenue from 7,345 parking tickets issued. Approximately 66 per cent of the tickets were type A while 34 per cent were type B, according to the city staff’s report.

Staff estimates that the proposed ticket cost hike would generate an additional $28,000 in annual revenue.

By comparison, a parking ticket in Kelowna costs approximately $30, said the report from Penticton city staff. While a parking meter ticket in Vancouver will cost you $46 if paid within two weeks, $77 if paid within a month and $105 after that, according to the City of Vancouver.

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With files from Jesse Day

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