It is amazing to see what unfolds when the Province of Alberta decides to download costs to the cities within the Province.
Last month, Service Alberta announced that municipalities will now be charged fifteen ($15) for every instance in which they conduct an electronic search request for a licence plate to access the name and address of a driver who is found parking illegally, travelling through a red light or speeding.
The new service fee, which came into effect April 1, 2011 is part of the Provincial government’s 2011 budget.
Albertans are beginning to notice the effects of an expired parking meter. Substantial increases in parking fines, in the Province’s larger municipalities, will no doubt result in increased fines in even the smallest cities.
When the Province of Alberta announced that it would begin to charge cities for licence plate searches, cities began to offset the potential costs by raising parking ticket fines.
On May 9, 2011 the City of Calgary raised the parking ticket fines by fifteen (15) dollars – from $40.00 to $55.00; today the City of Edmonton’s City Council voted to increase parking ticket fines by twenty-five (25) dollars from $35.00 TO $60.00.