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Cabbie gets repeat parking fines reduced


A Vancouver cabbie managed to shave over half of $8,100 in court-ordered parking fines collected over seven months, after a decision by the B.C. Supreme Court.p>

Instead, Balbir Singh Jhutty, owner of two MacLure's taxis, will have to fork over fines of $3,375, equal to $125 for each of his 27 City of Vancouver parking tickets, ordered the judge.

Jhutty was appealing to have his original guilty plea for the parking offenses tossed out along with his sentence to pay the fines at $300 per ticket.

He collected the fines between Feb. 2, 2010 and Sept. 30, 2010, mostly through violations incurred in the city's entertainment district in "early morning hours," court documents showed.

The judge considered the new amount to be "neither crushing nor disproportionate to his blameworthiness." Jhutty has six months to pay up.

The judge also dismissed Jhutty's appeal to overturn his guilty plea, the decision released Friday revealed.

Parking fines in Vancouver are typically $50, with the number increasing to $100 if unpaid after 32 days.