Boston Parking Ticket Fines To Increase

August 1, 2018 - 2 minutes read

It’s no 500% price hike, but hefty would be too much of a reduction to use to describe the city of Boston’s parking ticket increase. As you can see in the chart below, your ability to read a dented, faded sign on the street could become a $90 mistake. Compare that to a double parking ticket, a more egregious and blatant penalty, only got a modest increase.

In 2017, 1.3 million tickets were issued in Boston and the Boston Transportation Department continues to receive requests for parking enforcement. Anyone else not believing this? This is not the BTD extending a helping hand. Boston is a tough city, but they’re not that sadistic. I’d believe it more if they said they’re fundraising to pool together a fund to convince Kawhi Leonard to come to Boston.

The city of Boston should first invest in better signs before implementing these changes. Parking signs don’t communicate the rules well enough. At least new signs would put some of the onus on themselves. No one parks on the street because they hate street cleaning. They park on the street because they just went to Market Basket and have to carry a grocery cart of food up to their third floor walk up.

Now is a good time to get into SPOT. If you have an open spot around the city, it’s really easy to list. If you’re relying on street parking, it’s a real easy download. This is like getting into Apple in the 80s, or Amazon in the 90s, or Bitcoin before January this year.

-David McLaughlin

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