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Parking fines on their way up in Penticton

Parking fines are on their way up in Penticton, making the city's parking fines amongst the most expensive in the region.
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October 06, 2020 - 5:13 PM

The City of Penticton is finding ways to generate new cash in its parking system.

City Council recently approved amendments to the parking bylaw that would see an expansion of paid parking in the city’s downtown core, in addition to increased hourly rates.

At today’s regular meeting, Oct. 6, council approved a five dollar increase to the city’s two parking ticket categories.

Chief Financial Officer Jim Bauer said the city’s two types of tickets – an A category for overtime parking and a B category for parking in restricted areas – could generate an additional $28,000 annually with the five dollar increase.

The city presently imposes a fine of $40 for overtime parking, $20 if paid early and $45 dollars if paid late.

For parking in restricted areas, the fine is $55 dollars, $40 if paid early and $55 if paid late.

The five dollar increase would apply across the board.

Bauer also compared the proposed fines with the region’s other cities, as follows:

  • Kamloops, $25 fines, $15 if paid early, $50 if paid late
  • Vernon, $35 fines, $15 if paid early, $50 if paid late
  • Kelowna, $30 fines
  • West Kelowna, $50 fines
  • Penticton, $45/ $60 fines, $25 /$45 if paid early, $50/$65 if paid late

Mayor John Vassilaki pointed out Penticton’s parking fines would be among the highest in the region when compared to other cities, but council voted unanimously in favour of first, second and third amendments to the parking and parking enforcement bylaws to allow for the increase.

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