Proposed 2019 parking rate and fine increases support alternate modes of transportation: city

The City of Fredericton is proposing an increase to monthly parking rates and parking fines for next year.

The city says the rate hikes are to encourage the use of alternate modes of transportation like transit, walking and cycling, as well as to ensure short-term parking is available downtown.

The government says the new fees will apply to monthly permits for long-term parking in city-owned lots and garages only, but will not affect the current cost of on-street metered parking or short-term off-street parking.

The city says there has been no increase in monthly permits since 2012, and the rates have been hiked to ensure the price aligns with the value of parking service being provided.

The proposed monthly permit rate increases, included HST, are as follows:
-     Frederick Square:  $67.50 to $80 in 2019; $100 in 2020; and, $120 in 2021
-    East End:  $100 to $110 in 2019; $120 in 2020; and, $130 in 2021
-    York Lot:  $100 to $110 in 2019; $115 in 2020; and, $120 in 2021
-    Campbell Street:  $100 to $110 in 2019; $115 in 2020; and, $120 in 2021
-    Officers' Square:  $95 to $105 in 2019; $115 in 2020; and, $120 in 2021
-    Upper Queen:  $45 to $60 in 2019; $80 in 2020; and, $100 in 2021

The proposed fine increases will apply to expired parking meteres, commercial loading zones, no parking zones, and two-hour parking zones.

The city says these fines have not increased in more than eight years, and Fredericton currently has the lowest parking fine rates in the province.

The proposed fine increases are:

-     Expired Parking Meter: 
    o    From $15 to $25 in 2019.
    o    From $30 to $50 if paid after 20 days of issuance
    o    From $50 to $75 if found guilty at court
-    Commercial Loading Zone:  
    o    $25 to $50 in 2019.  
    o    From $50 to $75 if paid after 20 days of issuance
    o    From $50 to $100 if found guilty at court
-    No Parking Zone:  
    o    $25 to $50 in 2019. 
    o    From $50 to $75 if paid after 20 days of issuance
    o    From $50 to $100 if found guilty at court
-    Two Hour Parking:  
    o    $25 to $50 in 2019.  
    o    From $50 to $75 if paid after 20 days of issuance
    o    From $50 to $100 if found guilty at court

The city says anticipated monlthy parking rate revenues are expected to increase from $515,913 to $589,356 in 2019; $684,817 in 2020; and, $779,583 in 2021, while the anticipated parking fine revenue is expected to increase from $202,230 to $353,800 next year.

City Council will consider the proposed parking rate and fine increases next month during their inal Budget 2019 deliberations.