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Increased Penalty for Parking Tickets

January 27, 1998
By: Tristin Yeager
State Capital Bureau

St. Louis could increase its income by 2 to 8 million dollars if a Senate bill is passsed. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.

St. Louis Senator Jet Banks introduced a bill that could result in drivers losing their liscense after failing to pay three parking tickets. Representatives from the City of St. Louis mayor's office and Parking Authority testified in favor of the bill to the Senate Transportation Committee. Parking Authority representative, Tom Stoff, says the city is currently losing income opportunities from unpaid parking tickets.

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Current law allows cars to be put on a tow list after owners recieve four tickets. Banks and Stoff say higher penalties would increase ticket revenue.


Failure to pay three parking tickets could mean losing your liscense if a state Senate bill is passed. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.

St. Louis Senator Jet Banks introduced a bill that would result in drivers losing their liscense after failing to pay three traffic or parking tickets. The St. Louis mayors office and the Parking Authority of the City of St. Louis are in favor of the bill. Senator Banks introduced the bill to the Senate Transportation Committee.

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The bill requires local governments to pass an ordinance before the law would go into effect. If passed, the bill would raise between 2-8 million dollars for the City of St. Louis


The state House and Senate are considering legislation that would increase penalties for unpaid parking tickets. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.

The bills would permit local goverments to suspend drivers liscenses for failure to pay traffic or parking tickets. The Senate bill allows suspension after three tickets, the House after ten. The sponsor of the Senate bill is St. Louis Democrat Jet Banks.


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The Senate bill requires a 20 dollar fee and payment of outstanding tickets to reinstate a liscense while the House version does not include fees. The St. Louis mayor's office has voiced support for both versions of the bill.