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St. John’s increases parking fines by upwards of $300

Coun. Debbie Hanlon speaks at Monday’s St. John’s city council meeting.
St. John’s councillor Debbie Hanlon, council lead for transportation, brought forward the motion to amend the city’s ticketing amendment bylaw at the regular Monday council meeting. It was passed unanimously. - Telegram file photo

St. John’s city council has unanimously approved an amendment to its ticketing amendment by-law, increasing some parking fines by upwards of $300.

Coun. Debbie Hanlon said the move brings the city’s bylaw more in line with the Highway Traffic Act.

The biggest increase pertains to fines for offences involving mobility-impaired permits and access ramps. Prior to Monday’s amendment, the fine was $400. It’s now a minimum of $700 – the highest amount allowed under the Highway Traffic Act.

Stopping or parking in contravention of a traffic control device now comes with a minimum fine of $100 – up $50.

A new section was also added to the bylaw. It states vehicles can’t be parked where they obstruct “the free passage of traffic on the roadway.” That comes with a minimum fine of $60. This does not apply to broken-down vehicles that are temporarily on the road.

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