BOSTON (CBS) – A Boston City Councilor would like to see parking ticket fines based on how much money a driver makes.

City Councilor At-Large Julia Mejia introduced her hearing order proposal  at the council’s weekly meeting Wednesday at City Hall.

She believes income-based parking tickets would ease the financial burden on lower-income families because they would pay a smaller fine when they get a ticket in Boston.

According to the city’s website, parking tickets can range from $15 to $120.

Mejia’s office said some of those fines increased in 2018. For example, overstaying a meter jumped from $25 to $40. She believes a $40 ticket can force some families to choose between paying the fine or putting food on the table.

“What happens when you’re struggling to juggle all your finances? Then you realize that you are deciding whether or not you are going to pay a parking ticket or put food on the table,” Mejia said. First-term City Counselor Mejia had to pay $159 worth of parking tickets before she took office.

Another possibility would be to allow a driver to pay a fine over time. But how would it be enforced?

But some people say parking penalties should be the same for everyone.

“I disagree with it. The parking rules are in effect for everybody and if you don’t want to get a ticket, don’t park illegally,” one man in Boston told WBZ-TV Wednesday. “What do you do, bring your W2 income tax form? I don’t know. Then you have to go to City Hall for a hearing that will take up your time if you’re working. I don’t see how it makes sense.”

“Someone who doesn’t make a lot of money and is trying to get to their job for some reason. I feel like it makes sense to give people the benefit of the doubt,” said another woman.

The Boston City Council has agreed to at least talk about the idea.

“I don’t think people should just get away from paying their fee. I think we have to find ways to make it easier for people to pay that debt,” Mejia said.

The idea was simply introduced on Wednesday. The next step would be for Boston City Council to hold a public hearing. No date for such a hearing has been scheduled yet.

Comments (4)
  1. Remember when says:

    How would they know how much you make? How about MSRP of vehicle? Watch out Billionaires

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  3. butlermedia says:

    What are they going to do, make people enclose a copy of their tax returns with their payment??? That’s about the stupidest thing I’ve heard all day!

  4. Say What? says:

    Absolute discrimination. How would they even know what you make? Will they have access to your tax returns? Or judge you by your make and model of your car? If thats the case, people will just buy rusted metal boxes, with bumpers ducked tape on, just to get their parking violation discount. There are better things to do then waste time on this sort of garbage!

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