- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The cost of parking violations is going up in New Orleans.

The City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a plan to raise parking fines from $20 to $30 and more than double the cost for film companies to rent metered spaces while using city streets, according to The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1X8gbrb).

It was part of a compromise after Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration proposed keeping parking meters active later in return for higher fines for violators and increased fees for companies that rent metered spaces for a day or more.

Under the new ordinances, most parking violations will cost a driver $10 more, with the initial cost of a ticket rising from $20 to $30. After a month of nonpayment, that cost will increase to $60; after two months, to $90 - up from $40 and $80, respectively.

Film companies and others would pay $70 a day to rent metered spaces in and near the CBD and French Quarter, and $30 elsewhere in the city. The rates now are $30 in the CBD, $40 in and near the French Quarter and $20 elsewhere.

Drivers with disabilities will continue to be allowed to park in metered spaces for free.

The changes approved Thursday are expected to bring about $600,000 more to the city than the administration’s original proposal.

The changes will take effect as soon as they can be implemented, officials said.

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Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, https://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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