Connecticut has raised the maximum fine for parking in a fire lane and illegally parking in a handicap parking space. That means Ridgefield has now taken action to raise the rates set by the town, to match the state fine. A town meeting and public hearing was held Wednesday to approve the changes.
The ordinance change was recommended by the Ridgefield Parking Authority. First Selectman Rudy Marconi says the change was made to streamline the process. Any time the state raises the fine and the town decides to follow suit, only Board of Selectmen approval would be needed. Previously a public hearing, town meeting approval process was also needed.
Marconi and other Board members feel strongly, particularly when it comes to illegally parked cars in handicap spaces. If people are just walking into a store quickly to pick something up and they don't have a permit, it's still a violation. Marconi says the stiff fine is a reminder that people shouldn't park there.
The fine for parking in a handicap space has increased from $86 to $150. Parking in a fire zone has gone from a $50 fine to a $92 ticket.