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Parking fine hike factors in ten years of inflation

The Department of Infrastructure has said a 50% increase in parking ticket fines complies broadly with inflation.

The cost for a standard fine is jumping from £40 to £60 representing an additional 50%.

There will also be a new fixed penalty of £120 for anyone caught parking illegally in a disabled space.

The last time a review was taken it chartered the two years up to March 2011, in this time 30,000 tickets were handed out by the wardens, generating £1.1 million.

Infrastructure has cited inflation as the reason for the hike, the last time the penalties were altered was 2002; the new rates will be introduced on 1st August.

We asked Infrastructure Minister David Cretney if he can understand the criticism his department will be getting over the significant price hike.

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