Victoria to increase parking fines pending final adoption

Victoria to increase parking fines pending final adoption

Failing to pay or overstaying your time for parking in Victoria is likely to cost people more soon if Victoria council adopts amendments to the current fines.

Currently, the cost of a parking fine in Victoria is $40, or $20 if you pay it within 14 days. However, Victoria council gave the first three readings to an amendment to increase those fines.

If the amendments are adopted, fines for metered and time-limited zones will rise to $60, or $30 for payment within 14 days.

Fines for parking in a residential zone or no stopping zone will also increase to $80 with the discount to $40 for early payment. Fines for commercial zones will increase to $80 but the early payment discount would be $50.

Additionally, the fees for street occupancy permits will be increasing:

  • The public works service fee will be set at $50 per visit
  • Sidewalk occupancy will cost $20 per 13 m²
  • Boulevard occupancy is $10 per 13 m² per day
  • Lane closure fees will be set at
    • $50 per lane per day for local roads
    • $75 per lane per day for collector roads
    • $100 per lane per day for downtown or secondary arterial roads
    • $250 per lane per day for arterial
    • $100 per lane per day for AAA bike lanes

At the May 16 daytime council meeting, council unanimously passed the first three readings of the amendments.

The fine increases comes one year after the city increased the fees for parking on Victoria streets, as well as expanding what hours pay parking is in effect.

Pay parking used to be in effect from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, then in 2023, it was increased to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

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At the same time, the cost of parking increased 50 cents an hour for on-street and city-owned parkades.

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