Residents may soon get summons for a parking ticket in the mail.

The province is changing the rules on unpaid parking tickets, and making it easier for municipalities to collect fines without having to put people in jail.

Earlier this year, two women found themselves incarcerated after racking up hundreds of dollars worth of unpaid parking tickets.

The proposed changes could still lead to jail time, but people would be given a chance to explain themselves first.

The changes will also allow municipalities to use the mail for all parts of the collection procedure. They will also be able to register a lien, or legal claim, against a person's vehicle for unpaid tickets.

Fines would have to be paid before ownership of their car can be transferred.

Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco says the new rules are a move in the right direction. He estimates his city is owed hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid parking tickets.