Regina trying to collect $3 million in overdue parking fines

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November 8, 2013 - 4:33pm
Parking meters in Regina's downtown. Photo by Patrick Book, News Talk Radio.
Parking meters in Regina's downtown. Photo by Patrick Book, News Talk Radio.

The city of Regina isn't getting millions of dollars it should from people who park illegally.

On Thursday it emerged during a public works committee meeting that the city is owed about $3 million in overdue parking fines. Some unpaid tickets are as much as seven years old.

The city has hired a collection officer to collect that money; they'll have the option of seizing or immobilizing vehicles to try and compel people to pay. They could also take out liens on vehicles or send people's account to a collections agency, impacting their credit rating.

Committee chair and councillor Sharron Bryce says the five worst offenders are in very deep to the city.

"That dollar amount ranges between $33,200 down to $21,300."

Sharron Bryce says they're also adding more parking enforcement positions and expanding hours.

"We've actually increased the hours of parking enforcement as well. So it's not just Monday to Friday, nine to five; it's actually in the evenings and weekends as well."

The city is also considering the first increase to parking fines in ten years. That would essentially double the current penalties.

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