Police issued 723,129 fixed penalty notices for illegal parking in the first seven months of the year, up 12 percent from the same period last year.
Superintendent Mark Steeple from traffic branch headquarters said the increase in illegal parking was mainly due to more cars on the road and insufficient parking space, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.
The number of newly registered cars last year rose 2.55 percent year on year.
Larry Kwok Lam-kwong, who chairs the Transport Advisory Committee, has proposed that the fixed penalty for illegal parking should be raised to HK$450 (US$58.06) from HK$320.
Steeple said the penalty has been unchanged for the past 20 years.
While he agreed that an increase would help discourage drivers from parking illegally, he stressed that the most important work lies in educating drivers to change their attitude toward parking.
Police said Tuesday they support any measure with a deterrent effect, but how much the penalty should be raised is up to the Transport Advisory Committee and the Legislative Council.
The Transport and Housing Bureau said it agreed with raising the penalty in principle and that it should be done in phases.
Meanwhile, police said there were 9,273 traffic accidents in the city between January and July, up 2 percent from the same period a year earlier.
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