Looks like parking in the city, just got a little bit more expensive! Boston City Council has approved to increase parking fines and stricter policing of parking violations. Ticket increases begin Monday, July 2nd!
Last April, Mayor Marty Walsh announced his “Transformative Investments in Go Boston 2030 Transportation Plan as Part of Recommended Budget and Capital Plan.” (Phew, that’s a mouthful!) Part of this plan was the increase of parking ticket fees with the hopes it would discourage congestion (hello double parking)! The funds raised will go towards designated bike lanes, protected bike paths, improving infrastructure, traffic signals and more.
Ticket fees have not been increased since 2008.
So what does all this mean for you? Well, if you’re don’t have a resident sticker and are parked in a resident-only spot your will go from $40 to $60. Double-parking tickets will increase from $45 to $75 in Zone A (downtown) and in Zone B (neighborhoods) $30 to $35. Street cleaning tickets (for overnight street cleaning) will increase from $40 to $90. The city will also no longer tow cars that violate the street sweeping policy on the overnight street cleaning. (Areas like East and West Broadway) In residential areas, street cleaning fees will stay the same and TOWING WILL BE ENFORCED.
So consider yourself warned!
Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.
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