Parking meter rate hikes, extended hours take effect Monday in New Orleans _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--The city has installed new parking meters that are shorter and more sturdy with a better display like this one on Baronne Street in New Orleans, La. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.

Starting Monday, parking tickets will cost 50 percent more in New Orleans.

Most parking infractions will cost a driver $10 more, with the initial cost of a ticket rising from $20 to $30. After a month of nonpayment, that cost will increase to $60; after two months, to $90 — up from $40 and $80, respectively.

Tickets for parking in a residential parking permit zone without a permit will increase from $40 to $75.

The City Council approved the plan Feb. 4.

On Jan. 11, parking meter rates in the Central Business District, French Quarter, Marigny and Warehouse District doubled from $1.50 an hour to $3 an hour. Elsewhere in the city, the rates increased from $1.50 to $2 an hour.

Meter hours were also extended by one hour, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.