Parking fines are set to increase on July 1 from $55 to $83 for drivers who do not pay for a parking ticket or stay longer in time restricted areas.

Mayor Margaret O’Rourke said parking fines in the region remained low compared to other regional municipalities.

“The increase in the fine brings the City in line with many other comparable regional shires,” Cr O’Rourke said.

Parking fees across the region will not rise according to the 2019/20 budget, which forecasts an increase in revenue from statutory fees and fines.

Revenue generated from fines is projected to increase by $406,000 compared to last year’s budget to $1.94 million, with parking fees expected to generate $366,000 for the City, a rise of nearly eight per cent on last financial year.

The money raised from the increased fines will be used to help pay for new parking technology, including credit card facilities and mobile payment options.

“The revenue raised from these fines also allows us to keep parking fees at the same rate as last year,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“If drivers follow the parking rules, they won’t get a fine and it will free up more parking space for everyone else,” she said.

The Victorian government is responsible for implementing the penalty structure for parking in a loading zone, a no stopping zone and parking on footpath.

The fines for those infringements are 0.6 penalty units and $161 but are due to rise on July 1