New Orleans parking ticket fines are being raised from $20 to $30, then $60 after 30 days, then $90 after 60.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration compromised on its plan to increase downtown parking meter fees by shortening the time
— the meters were originally set to expire at 10 p.m., but after debate among service workers and the New Orleans City Council, the city agreed to end enforcement at 7 p.m. But to make up for that lost time, the city proposed hiking parking ticket fees from $20 to $30.
The council’s Budget Committee approval the measure Feb. 2, and the full council approved the ticket hike today. Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin told the council earlier this week that the meter rate hike and the parking ticket fees are expected to bring in $1.3 million from the more than 3,000 metered spaces in the French Quarter and Central Business District. Parking tickets are set to be raised from $20 to $30 (within the first 30 days of receiving the ticket), then $60 after 30 days and $90 thereafter.
Kopplin said the change is not so much about revenue but about turnover — more drivers in and out of spaces in an increasingly busy commercial corridor. Kopplin says the city is working with the Regional Transit Authority to increase public transportation options for downtown workers — the RTA expects its 24-hour services on some lines to kick in next month
. But Kopplin also says the city needs more vertical parking structures downtown.
The parking meter hike went into effect last month
— downtown meters are $3 an hour (up from $1.50) from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. All other meters went up to $2 an hour.