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.