Fines for Asheville parking infractions to increase

Better watch that parking meter. And whatever you do, don’t park in a loading zone.

Infractions will hit you a bit harder in the pocketbook.

 

The new fine schedule will go into effect Feb. 1, 2019. The parking fine increases include the following:

  •         Overtime parking at metered or non-metered spaces will go from $10 to $20.
  •         A second or subsequent violation within a 24-hour period will rise from $20 to $40.
  •         Loading/unloading zone violations will rise from $10 to $30.
  •         All other violations rise from $10 to $20.

 

Metered on-street parking rates remain the same, at $1.50 per hour.

 

“The last time Asheville parking fines were increased was in 1999,” said Parking Services Manager Harry Brown. “Our hope is that the increased fines will discourage infractions.”

 

During a typical year, Asheville Parking Enforcement Officers issue about 20,000 parking citations resulting in gross revenue of $200,000 (before any adjustments are made). For Fiscal Year 2016-17 and 2017-18, the adjusted year end revenues were $173,000 and $167,000 respectively. Parking violation fines and fees equal about 10% of parking revenues. With the proposed increases in the fine structure, the adjusted year-end revenues could conceivably double.

 

The action relates to City Council’s Strategic Operating Plan goal to “operate the City of Asheville to the highest levels of fiscal responsibility.”

 

For a copy of the Council action, visit this link.