The ways in which we purchase on-street parking and pay fines for parking violations have evolved with new technology. Transactions that used to be made through a coin-operated meter are now frequently carried out through cell phones or other mobile devices. This technology could enable the City to adjust parking rates and fines in new and innovative ways to help overcome challenges with parking payments.
A disproportionately high percentage of parking violations can be attributed to a relatively small number of registered vehicle owners. This suggests that the current fine structure is not an adequate deterrent. Progressive parking fines are monetary penalties that increase each time someone commits the same parking violation. For example, a ticket for parking in a designated accessible space without a permit may be $225 for the first offence, $300 for the second, and $400 for each subsequent offence.