City officials in Fort Worth, Texas, have voted to increase the fees for illegal parking for both commercial and passenger vehicles.
On Tuesday, October 23, the Fort Worth City Council approved a measure to increase illegal parking fees, according to the Star-Telegram. The fee increase is in part a response to an increase in semi trucks parking on residential streets within the city,
Prior to the fee increase, truck drivers would pay $35 for a parking ticket. After the increase, truckers will have to pay $200. Fort Worth City Councilman Cory Moon says that the fee increase will generate revenue for the city while discouraging truck drivers from illegally parking. Moon said, “Our officers would write a ticket and the driver would happily pay, come back and park again. It’s just a cost of doing business.”
The city council also approved other parking fine increases, including:
- Expired parking meter fee increases from $30 to $40
- Illegally parking in a disabled parking spot fee increases from $155 to $200
- No parking zone fees will increase from $35 to $60
The fee increases will go into effect January 1, 2019.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments recently listed the area north of downtown Fort Worth as a “corridor of concern” in terms of safe truck parking.