University system raises parking fines

January 15, 2009 10:23:44 AM PST
Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities are being allowed to increase fines for parking violations on campus. The governing board of the State System of Higher Education voted 11-2 Thursday to increase the maximum fines that each university can impose.

The new policy allows the schools to charge as much as $50 for parking violations or whatever state law allows, whichever is higher.

Current parking fines range as high as $25 at Shippensburg University. Others charge as little as $10 elsewhere, and system officials say that's not high enough to discourage violators.

But two of the board's student representatives voted against the change. They say they worry it will make the fines too expensive for students.

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