Beginning this Friday, city residents will have to pay $30 if they want a visitor parking permit. It’s the first time the city has charged for the parking passes.
"The reason is because most of the enforcement is in the downtown area." Transportation Department spokeswoman Linda Tucker."So if we need to increase parking enforcement in the residential areas, then the residents need to help fund that."
She says the new fee will help cut down on the number of commuters who park along residential streets all-day long. The Transportation Department is also raising penalties for the sale or exchange of parking permits.
"There are all kinds of ways that they are being misused, including some people buying them even on Ebay. So, you know, we’re trying to crack down on that king of thing."
Current fines of $50 to $100 will go up to $250 and $500 depending on the violation. The new $30 permits are good for two years.