Parking fines to rise by 60pc
THE Executive Council has endorsed raising the penalties for parking and other traffic offences by more than 60 per cent.
Parking fines go up from $200 to $320.
Moving offences will increase from the existing maximum of $280 to $450.
Under present legislation, fixed penalties apply to 60 offences, with penalties of $140, $200 and $280, depending on the seriousness of the offence.
These fines will go up to $230, $320 and $450.
The Government also proposed including a fixed penalty for taxi drivers who fail to wait at or pick up from the first or second position at a stand.
There have been an increasing number of complaints about drivers picking and choosing the fares they pick up. Many cars simply drive past the taxi stands.
Adjustments to the level of fixed penalties should take effect by the middle of the year.
Government statistics showed that the number of parking tickets issued in 1993 rose by 41.4 per cent over the previous year.
''It is our intention that fixed penalty levels should be reviewed more frequently in future to maintain the deterrent effect,'' the Government said in a paper given to legislators.
The Government estimated that an additional $292 million per year would be generated from the higher fines.
The proposed increases require the approval of the Legislative Council.
Legislators of the Legco Transport Panel earlier expressed support for the proposals.
The fixed penalty system was introduced in 1970 to reduce the burden on the police and the courts.
of taking summons action for less serious but frequently committed traffic offences.