More fines ahead for motorists next year

Paying for the new budget one parking ticket at a time

August 26th, 2014 3:56 pm| by admin
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The government is counting on drivers to account for some 600 million kroner of next year’s budget via increased fines for speeding and illegal parking. 

The new budget presented today by Bjarne Corydon, the finance minster, was light on cuts and still heavy on spending. 

New automatic traffic control and parking systems will bring in an extra 600 million kroner from law-breaking motorists, according to government projections. 

Along with revenue from driving licences, passports, other fines and taxes, the government is hoping that drivers contribute 2.6 billion kroner to the 2015 budget

No more flags on your windscreen
The city of Copenhagen is spending 38 million kroner to digitalise its parking system and do away with paper tickets altogether. It's a move, it promises, that will bring in more money.

The city says it will be easier to issue tickets and easier for illegal parkers to pay up. It will also enable the city to eliminate the lost ticket excuse.

READ MORE: Parking tickets bring in big money

The number of ticket dispensers will fall from 1,600 to 800 once the switchover is completed next year. The new digital stations will be complemented by the possibility to purchase a parking ticket via a smartphone.

Funds for Resistance Museum
Other items included in today’s budget announcement included:

  • An 0.8 percent rise in the public sector
  • 1.5 billion kroner for education, including funds for more to receive SU
  • Five billion more allocated for healthcare
  • Two billion allocated for psychiatric care
  • 64 million kroner to rebuild Frihedsmuseet (the Resistance Museum), which burned down
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