Red Deer to Follow Other Alberta Cities; Parking Fines to Rise to Offset Search Fee Costs.

Update: see previous post May 10, 2011 Increase in Parking Fines – Calgary $40 to $55 & Edmonton $35 to $60

Red Deer Parking Ticket - the meter parking fine will increase by $15.00. On April 1, 2011 as part of Alberta's 2011 Provincial Budget, 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 gain access the vehicle's registered owner's name and address.

The Province of Alberta sets the level of fines for offences such as photo radar (speeding) and red light violations.  It is the Municipalities that are responsible for setting the fines for illegal parking in accordance with the Municipal Government Act.

When Service Alberta informed Alberta Municipalities in April, that they would now charge a fifteen ($15.00) dollar fee, everytime the municipality requested a licence plate check (to gain access to the vehicle’s registered plate owner’s name and address) for a motorist accused of speeding, proceeding through a red light or improperly parking, every municipality had to calculate their potential loss in revenue and come up with a solution to recoup this potential loss. This new “search fee” will be felt by all cities in Alberta.

Calgary has already raised their parking fines from $40 to $55 and Edmonton from $35 to $60.

It shouldn’t come as surprise that Red Deer will follow in this same vein.

Red Deer issues approximately 24,000 parking tickets annually.

Red Deer is anticipating following Calgary’s lead, by raising their parking fines by $15.00; this would raise the current $30 fine (meter parking violation) to $45.00.

Due to the new search fee on an annual basis, Red Deer is facing a potential loss of  $360,000.00 (from parking ticket violation through Inspections and Licensing) and $350,000 each year (red light violations and photo radar though the RCMP).

It is expected that the Red Deer City Council will pass the increase in the very near future.

Although the Province of Alberta (through Service Alberta) announced in April, that it would start charging municipalities and police services $15 for every electronic search request on a driver’s licence or licence plate; Service Alberta has since decided to defer this new fee until September 1, 2011.

Now that the largest cities in Alberta (Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer) have passed on this cost to driver’s, it won’t be long before the other cities will follow suit (Strathcona, Lethbridge, St. Albert, Medicine Hat, Wood Buffalo, Grand Prairie and Airdrie, etc.)


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