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Parking Ticket Fines Going Up Again in L.A.

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Here's more incentive for not letting your parking meter run out or making sure you move your car on street sweeping days: The Los Angeles City Council has voted to approve an increase of at least $5 in all parking violations.

Some new fines will be as follows, according to KPCC:

- Expired parking meter: $63
- Parking during street cleaning hours: $73
- Parking overnight in a permit-only spot: $68
- Car left in anti-gridlock zone during rush hour: $163
- Blocking a handicap spot or mis-using a handicapped placard: $363
- Parking on a bridge or in a tunnel: $68
- Parking in a snow* removal zone: $63
- Parking in a bus zone: $293

The new parking violation fee structure comes from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's efforts to curb the city's budget deficit. The mayor "plans to hire 50 more part-time parking enforcement officers to enforce the ordinance," according to ABC7.

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This is the sixth increase in parking violation fees in seven years, notes L.A. Now, and "are expected to provide an extra $8.4 million annually for the city’s general fund budget, which pays for basic services such as police officers and firefighters."

The vote to approve the increase in parking violation fees was unanimous.

*Really? The City of L.A. has snow removal zones?