Charlottesville City Council Reevaluating Parking Fines
Charlottesville City Council is considering forgiving first time parking offenders.
Parking ticket fines in Charlottesville are going up, but the city is considering cutting first time offenders a break.
City council is working on a policy that would let drivers off the hook for a parking ticket if they've never gotten one before.
Councilors hope to keep the downtown mall a welcoming place for visitors who aren't repeat-offenders.
"We want to make sure that people understand that there is a penalty for parking over," said Charlottesville's Vice Mayor Kristin Szakos. "It's not something to be taken lightly but that we understand that people make mistakes and sometimes things come up."
Council will review a first draft of the policy at its meeting Monday.
Regular parking tickets in Charlottesville are going up from $15 to $20. Fines for parking in a handicap spot are increasing to $180 from $100.
Councilors hope this proposed policy would mitigate the higher fines for visitors.
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