GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis City Commission recently approved a raise in parking fines as they had previously remained the same for a few decades.
According to ordinance amendment information, once an orange parking violation ticket is issued, fines are expected to be paid within 72 hours. After that, the fine raises. After 30 days, it raises again. Previous legislation listed tickets as needing to be paid within 72 hours or else the fines would rise.
Previous fines for limited area, more than one space parking and no parking zone violations were listed at $5 with $15 due after 72 hours had passed and $30 after 30 days had passed.
Double parking had a fine of $10, then $15 and finally $30. Handicapped parking space violations had a fine of $25 before jumping to $35. Fire hydrant zones had a similar penalty.
New penalties include the same time limitations but limited space, more than one space, double parking and no parking zone violations have jumped to $15 fines. After 72 hours, it becomes $30 and after 30 days it becomes $75.
Individuals using handicapped parking spaces without proper documentation will be fined $100 initially, $150 if not paid within 72 hours and then $200 if not paid within 30 days. Those parking in front of fire hydrants will be fined $50 within the first 72 hours, if not paid it will jump to $75 and then $100 if not paid in 30 days. Other violations can be ticketed at $15 in the first 72 hours, $30 if late and $75 if not paid in 30 days.
City officials cited the change as bringing fines “up to date” with the changing economy as well as to be used as a deterrent to those who would break the law.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.