Tougher parking penalties
By BONNY TAM
MOTORISTS persistently flouting parking rules are being made to pay, with a crackdown that includes the introduction of double fixed penalty tickets of $200 each.
Officers have been told to identify illegal parking black spots. In these areas, cars breaking the rules will be issued with two $200 tickets for each of the first two hours they are illegally parked - plus four more in the following 12 hours if they arenot moved.
''Any cars still there after 14 hours will be towed away,'' said a police spokesman.
The move has been provoked by the news that two million fixed-penalty tickets were issued over the past year, said police chief staff officer for traffic, Chief Superintendent James Walker.
''The problem is that existing penalties are not expensive as compared with legal parking costs, which are as high as $30 per hour in some places,'' he explained.
''We are trying to make people not take the chance of parking on the streets illegally.'' He said the measure was necessary until laws could be introduced, raising parking fines by 60 per cent.
Parking penalties were last increased in 1989, going up by 43 per cent.