DETROIT — New electronic parking meters and higher fines are raising revenue for the city of Detroit.

Money from parking tickets is up 30 percent to $13 million, compared to 2014, the Detroit Free Press reported Monday (http://on.freep.com/2bXNnld ), while revenue from meters has more than doubled to $4.2 million.

“We’re doing pretty well,” parking director Norm White said.

In 2014, Detroit more than doubled the cost of a parking ticket to $45 when emergency manager Kevyn Orr was running the city during bankruptcy, the first increase since 2001. And after years of having broken meters, Detroit installed hundreds of new electronic kiosks that are more reliable and easy to use.

Revenue from the parking department helps pay off bonds, make repairs at city-owned garages and strengthen Detroit’s checkbook. An app available for mobile phones allows drivers to pay for parking.

“Our whole goal is to reinforce parking behavior,” White said. “That’s why there’s an emphasis on using the parking system.”

Parking enforcers have high-tech tools. It takes only seconds to punch a license plate number into a laptop to see if a driver entered their plate at the parking kiosk.

“It’s really efficient,” said DeAndre Hubbard, who appeared on “Parking Wars” on the A&E network. “I really love the way it operates.”


Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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