The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced that a standard increase in fines for most parking violations has been approved by the Multnomah County Circuit Court. This increase will take effect on Monday, November 30, 2009. The increases will address rising parking violations, cover costs of service, and maintain a fine schedule that aligns with similar metropolitan jurisdictions.
So what’s Portland Fire & Rescue’s stake in all of this?
Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) supports initiatives that help to minimize safety violations such as blocking a fire hydrant. On November 30th, the fine for parking at a fire hydrant will increase from $100.00 to $150.00.
PF&R firefighters need to get to fire hydrants for water supply. An obstruction including a vehicle could cause a delay in firefighters gaining access to get water to extinguish a fire. PF&R reminds you to take a moment after parking to ensure your vehicle is legally parked within space markings and not blocking crosswalks, hydrants, ramps, and other rights of way.
Click here to view the official press release from the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation.
November 24, 2009