DRIVERS are being warned to make sure they pay for parking in Moray after it was agreed fines should increase.
Above inflation rises will see the area’s parking notice charge go up to £60 if the fine is paid within 14 days.
Should drivers fail to pay up within a fortnight, it will go up to £80. That will replace the current penalties of £40 and £65 respectively.
The measure was proposed by Councillor Graham Leadbitter as charges for a wide-range of Moray Council services were debated this week.
The Elgin South councillor said higher penalties would more accurately reflect an overhaul of parking charges, agreed in November.
Councillor Leadbitter said: "If you are increasing the parking charges and you don’t increase the fines by a fairly significant amount then the incentive is greater to not pay. If people pay the parking charges like they should, then they won’t incur any fines."
The move, which will come into force from April, was given unanimous backing by members of the authority’s policy and resources committee on Tuesday.
Councillor Leadbitter also won support for a 10 per cent increase in fees which will be applied to roads and fleet services, including road occupations and permits, and temporary traffic orders.
Above inflation increases will be applied to several other services, including the assignation of a tenancy, the cost of an export certificate, use of the marriage room, surcharges for marriages on Saturdays and in approved venues.
Other services will see an inflation increase of three per cent applied to charges.
Those which are set nationally, are currently under review as part of upcoming budget proposals or have the maximum charge already levied will remain unchanged.
Speaking after the meeting, committee chairman, Councillor George Alexander (Forres), said the changes would more accurately reflect the cost of providing statutory and non-statutory services.
He said: "Against a challenging financial backdrop, it makes sound business sense to try, where appropriate, to cover the entire cost of providing council services.
"A great deal of work has gone into identifying which services can be charged at a higher level, benchmarking our fees against those of other Scottish local authorities, and recognising where we shouldn’t be levying an extra charge."
Changes to fees will come into effect at the start of the new financial year.