The provincial government increased fine amounts for parking offences a year ago and the City of Calgary is now following suit.
The specified fine amount for a number of Traffic Safety Act offences goes up to $68 from $50.
Offenses such as abandoned vehicles will go up from $200 to $270.
One difference between the city and provincial rules is that, with the city, you’ll have a couple of options available for early payment which will reduce the fine amount.
“The province doesn’t have the ability to pay earlier and pay less but we can do that with the bylaw,” Councillor Shane Keating said, after questioning administration about whether the fines had to align with the province, to which he heard “the answer is yes.”
Councillor Andre Chabot says the city could charge more than the province.
“But that wouldn’t look very good if we were looking at bolstering our coffers by virtue of fine revenue,” Chabot told committee.
About 270,000 parking tickets were handed out last year and increasing the fine amount is expected to bring in about $500,000 a year to the city.
Fine amounts in the city’s traffic bylaw had not been increased since 2010.