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Portland Parking Ticket Fines Jump Next Month

Some parking tickets in Portland will get more painful next month. Portland’s Bureau of Transportation announced Monday that it’s jacking up fines as much as thirty percent for seven violations.

They range from improper receipt displays to violations of zone and area parking restrictions. Most of the new fines are effective February 7.

City transportation officials say they analyzed how Portland fines compare with other cities, and how parking compliance is changing.

Transportation bureau spokeswoman Cheryl Kuck says that research led the city, and circuit court administrators, to increase penalties.

“Of the many parking violations, we have seven that we and the court agreed that increasing the bail would - we would hope - would result in greater compliance from the parking public.”

The higher fines are projected to raise an additional $1.4 million. That would be split between the city and state.  Kuck says the money would help cover bureau expenses. 

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