For the first time in about 20 years the City of Knoxville has changed the parking fines and added ordinance violations to their ticket books.
The changes comes after City Attorney Rob McCoy and Police Chief Ron Poyner decided it was a good time to make changes to the existing ordnances.
Poyner tells WGIL the new forms give officers a little more freedom to ticket offenders for issues that are not just traffic related.
“Cities and municipalities have not been able to, for a long time, use city ordinances to affect traffic offenses,” Poyner said. “Therefore, we needed to revamp those [ticket] forms to do away with those. Those new forms just bring things on like discharging grass in the streets — the ordinance [complaints] we get all the time — the trash complaints, the weeds and grass complaints, these sorts of things.”
The new ordinance also raises fines which include parking violations.
Those fines have been increased from $25 to $35, and other violations have gone from $50 to $75.
Poyner says the new fines will officially go into effect ten days from Monday night’s meeting.