Expired parking meter fines in Detroit would jump to $45 under emergency manager proposal

Apr 7, 2014 at 2:23 pm

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Parking scofflaws beware: All fines for parking violations will increase under a proposal from Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, effectively squashing the practice of settling for an expired meter ticket instead of a parking lot. (We consider ourselves well-versed in the field.)

The move follows a suggestion Orr made in his 440-page Disclosure Statement, when he notes meter rates and parking violations in Detroit are lower than those of comparable large cites.

Orr's proposed changes would also eliminate Detroit's longstanding practice of reducing a fine by $10 if payment is received within 10 days of a ticket being issued.

Fines for parking meter violations would jump from $20 to $45. (So long to the $10 ticket!) Other violations, including blocking fire hydrants, double parking, blocking a crosswalk, and more, also would increase to $45. The fines would spike to $65 if they're not paid off within 30 days.

A public hearing has been called over the matter at 3 p.m. inside the Erma Henderson Auditorium at City Hall on Monday, April 14. According to the proposed order issued by Orr's office today, the increased fines would immediately go into effect after the order is executed, but it's unclear when that might take place. 

If you'd like, you can review a list of the proposed changes below.