RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It could cost you twice as much if you get caught parking illegally in a handicapped parking space in Richmond. City leaders hope to boost the fine for the violation from $100 to $200.
Members of the City Council's Public Safety Committee told us today that they were getting more and more complaints from handicapped people that spots like these were often filled by people without the proper decals.
The council leaders thought that if people were bold enough to park in those spots and endure a $100 fine that perhaps the punishment needed to be a bit more stiff. They are proposing doubling the penalty to $200, with the goal of sending the message that parking illegally in handicapped spots, will not be tolerated.
"They're handicapped, they need to have that special place to park and we decided to go ahead and increase the fines, you know, hit them where it hurts. In the pocketbook," said Councilwoman Reva Trammell.
In addition to keeping people without the decals from parking in those designated spaces, there is also a financial incentive for the city as well. The council estimates that doubling the fine will result in a $20,000 revenue bump for the city.
At this point the fine increase is just a proposal. It could take until the middle of November before the council takes final action.