People who park longer than the allowed time in the timed free parking areas around the city will soon face a $50 fine.
At the regular Monday council meeting, council voted unanimously to amend the ticketing by-law to address issues with people parking in these zones longer than permitted.
Many of the timed free parking areas were recently implemented as a temporary measure because of vandalized meters.
The city says it may not be until Spring of 2020 before new meters or pay stations will be operational.
Even when those pay stations come into effect, there will still be areas that have timed parking restrictions, such as the city hall parking garage, Gower Street and Casey Street.
Timed parking tickets are issued under a broad section of the Ticketing Amendment By-Law but the city decided that timed parking have its own section in the by-law with a separate fine of $50.
Prior to this decision, people who parked illegally in a timed zone faced a $100 fine.
The purpose of the time limit is to encourage parking turnover for businesses.
This amendment will address motorists who attempt to restart the timed period by backing out of a parking space and re-parking in the same place. It will also address those who pull out of a parking spot and re-park in the same timed parking area, or pull out of a spot, briefly leave the area, and return to park in the same timed parking area.
The new regulation will come into effect in two to four weeks.