Speaking of How much to Charge for Parking Tickets
I commend this article from the LA Times for your perusal. In it Don Shoup discusses his concept of graduated parking fines. I was honored that the Shoup Dog had taken some of my ideas from a few weeks ago in this blog and presented them so well. The lede:
Cities often increase their parking fines when they need more money. Los Angeles, for example, is facing a major budget crisis and increased its fines for all parking tickets by $5, regardless of the violation. This across-the-board hike suggests that the higher fines are more about raising money than about enforcing the law. But a few cities have discovered how to enforce the law and raise money without costing most drivers anything. Cities can achieve these three goals by using graduated parking fines.
Graduated parking fines are a way to deter chronic violators without unfairly punishing anyone else. Graduated fines are lenient for the cars with only a few tickets but punitive for the few cars with many tickets. In Claremont, Calif., for example, the first ticket for overtime parking in a calendar year is $35, the second $70 and the third $105. For illegally using a disabled parking space, the first ticket is $325, the second $650 and the third $975.
Read the entire article – it will take only a minute. Good Stuff. We now have the technology to make this happen. It makes sense, at least to this parker.