MOTORISTS face a 60 per cent rise in fines for illegal parking from next summer. The new $320 fixed penalty was endorsed by the Transport Advisory Committee (TAC) yesterday. But members feared the cost of legal parking might have risen so much by then that the deterrent effect of the new fines could be hit. Members were told at their regular meeting that fines had failed to stop illegal parking and road misuse. Transport Department figures showed the number of parking tickets issued rose by 34 per cent last year. Members agreed off-street parking fees, which averaged $14 an hour, encouraged motorists to risk parking illegally in light of the present $200 fine. TAC chairman Professor Leung Chi-keung said the 60 per cent rise was based on inflation. He said members were worried the deterrent effect of the new $320 fine would not be enough by the time it was implemented by the middle of next year. But to avoid public resentment, members could not endorse any rise beyond inflation. Legislation will have to be introduced to increase the parking fees. The TAC also expanded the scope of fixed penalties for motorists occupying the fast lane of highways without sufficient reason and taxi drivers leaving their vehicles at a taxi stand.