One month in to Regina parking fine increase

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February 3, 2014 - 1:45pm
Parking meters in Regina's downtown. Photo by Patrick Book, News Talk Radio.
Parking meters in Regina's downtown. Photo by Patrick Book, News Talk Radio.

The city will wait a few more months before coming to any conclusions about raising parking fines.

On January 1, parking tickets increased on most levels, including a jump from $10 to $20 if the ticket is paid in the first 14 days.

Andrea McNeil-Wilson, manager of parking services for the City of Regina, reported that January saw 9,272 parking tickets issued compared to the previous month at 8,178.

"We're a little too early in the fine increase to see if there has been a deterrent in the number of people parking illegally," McNeil-Wilson explained.  "What we're going to do is, probably at the end of three to maybe four months, we're going to sit down and do a comparison. This is just one month and it doesn't take into consideration other activities that may be going on associated with snow removal, winter road maintenance, things like that."

The most common violation for January was expired meters. McNeil-Wilson said fine revenue is already up by over $9,000. That money is put into the city's general reserve, not directly back into parking services.