Starting in February, parking scofflaws cited in Denver will face increased fines, with some increases more than doubling and at least one infraction going up tenfold.
The city is increasing fines by $10 for most parking violations starting Tuesday, according to a Denver Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) news release.
Drivers who illegally park large vehicles — including semi-trucks and “large” business trucks — in residential neighborhoods will be hammered with a tenfold jump, from $25 to $250.
“Not only does this take up valuable curbside space, but it also interferes with the quality, enjoyment, and safety of the people who live in those neighborhoods,” the city said of illegally parked “large vehicles.”
Examples of upcoming increases in Denver include:
- Parking in/blocking a bike lane up from $25 to $65
- Parking in/blocking a sidewalk up from $25 to $65
- Parking in/blocking a crosswalk up from $25 to $65 .
The hikes come after DOTI recently asked Denver County Court to review the fee schedule for parking code violations. It had been 15 years prior since a comprehensive review of Denver parking fines, the release said.
Part of the review found Denver citations to be below amounts charged by “peer cities” in many categories, according to DOTI. In the fall of 2021, a disabled parking violation in San Francisco brought a fine of $866, according to the review. In Denver, the disabled parking violation fine was $150. A fire hydrant parking violation in Portland, Or., was $150; the same violation in Denver was $50.
“As Denver encourages the use of alternative modes of transportation such as walking, biking and taking transit to reduce vehicle congestion, it must also encourage good driver behavior to ensure pedestrian walkways and bike lanes are kept clear and that people with disabilities have accessible parking,” the release said.
The fine for parking illegally in a disabled accessible parking space will more than double in Denver, from $150 to $350, to deter people from illegally parking in spaces dedicated to people with disabilities, the city said.
Denver anticipates an additional $6.4 million will be collected in 2022 under the new fine schedule with the increase windfall going into a DOTI special revenue fund for mobility and safety improvements.
The increased fines come a month after parking meter rates doubled to $2 per hour.
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