Councilmember William Cole (D-11th District), the lead sponsor of the legislation, said double-parking fines have become too onerous. “In many cases, people unloading groceries or going to pick up their toddler . . . are coming out to find $250 tickets on their windshield,” he said. Several months ago, the Council raised double-parking fines from $77 to $250, in one of many attempts to plug a gaping budget hole. Cole argued that the city should be more lenient on double parking than on other related traffic offenses, such as “blocking the box” at intersections. “The crime no longer matches the penalty,” he said.