Metro Nashville Council approves parking meter fine increases

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Parking meter fines will increase by the end of the year, according to an ordinance approved Nov. 5 by the Metro Nashville Council Courtesy Adobe Stock

Parking meter fines will increase by the end of the year, according to an ordinance approved Nov. 5 by the Metro Nashville Council Courtesy Adobe Stock

The Metro Nashville Council approved an ordinance on Nov. 5 that will increase parking meter fines by the end of the year.

The ordinance, which the Metro Nashville Council unanimously passed on third and final reading, raises parking meter fines for both parking violations and overtime at meters.

The fine for parking violations at meters will rise from $11 to $25, while overtime parking fines will increase from $15 to $25, according to the ordinance. The increases will go into effect Dec. 1.

Ordinance sponsor District 17 Council Member Colby Sledge said there is not an exact estimate for additional city revenue that would be brought in if the fine is increased, however, he said it could be up to $1 million.

"During the discussions we've had about modernizing parking in the city, one of the recommendations was that very number, $11 to $25," Sledge said at the Oct. 15 meeting. "I've had several colleagues suggest we go higher, but I did feel like it was better to do a number that had been publicly discussed in some way and to take what I think is the first of several steps to modernize, and without privatizing, our parking."


Sledge said the increase could assist in funding future modernization efforts for the city's parking meters, such as mobile payment options.

The Metro Nashville Council has not approved an increase in at least nine years, according to the ordinance.