Hiked up parking rates and fines may be implemented as soon as next year

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

KINGSTON – Parking rates may be on the rise as soon as next summer now that a city committee has given the proposal the green light. Committee members voted unanimously in favour of implementing new parking rates and fine adjustments. An increase in hourly rates in high demand areas, including downtown, Williamsville, Queen’s, KGH. Event rates would go up by a dollar in downtown lots but drivers would no longer be charged on Sundays starting next fall. The parking rate increases will be voted on by city council in November.

Sheila Kidd/Director of Transportation Services: “One of the primary reasons, in addition to generating enough funds for us to be able to invest in the system, we also use pricing to help ensure to make sure there’s an adequate supply and the turnover of supply so you don’t just have cars parking in one spot all day.”

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