New clampdown on city illegal parking

by Amy Rohu

Dublin City Council is about to launch a new pilot scheme which will clampdown with fixed penalty notices being issued on the spot to drivers who park illegally in certain locations, writes Amy Rohu.

The scheme will come into affect on June 1 and will continue for 12 months. It will complement the existing options for dealing with illegally parked cars of clamping, relocation and removal to the Pound.

Christy Burke, Chair of the Transportation SPC said:  “This initiative is to welcomed as we ask all motorists to park legally and ensure that footpaths are kept clear. Parking illegally on footpaths blocks access for the mobility and visually impaired users, for people with buggies and any action which reduces this parking is to be supported.

Dermot Stevenson, Parking Enforcement Officer,  added: “Dublin City Council needs an additional form of enforcement in order to keep the city moving. Vehicles illegally parked on a short-term basis can disrupt the flow of traffic and cause problems for pedestrians and cyclists. We have done extensive research with other local authorities in recent months and we believe that this additional enforcement tool will increase parking compliance in key areas.”

Dublin Street Parking Services (DSPS) currently manages enforcement on behalf of the Council, is focused on keeping people and traffic moving freely around the city. While the current options are effective in most cases, there is an ongoing challenge in tackling illegal parking on bus and cycle lanes, short stay illegal parking and footpath parking in particular.

It is proposed that after the pilot scheme of 12 months, Dublin City Council will report back to the Transportation SPC on how effective the Fixed Penalty Notices have been and outline further proposals for consideration.

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