ACCORDING to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, all parking fines issued by them, past and present are legal, despite recent reports that they were illegal.
Controversy arose over a report recently that some parking fines issued in the county were illegal due to a technicality around road marking designations.
Areas with a road marking designated by the code RRM 016 were not included in the council’s parking control bye-laws, according to the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Ratepayers’ Association, and fines given in those areas were therefore not valid.
However, the council issued a statement to The Gazette stating that all fines – including those issued in the RRM 016-coded areas – were legitimate.
The council said that following an appeal made about fines relating to the RRM 016 road marking, a review was carried out.
“Having consulted with the commissioner of An Garda Siochana, the council proceeded to make the amendments to the bye-laws, which were formally adopted at the council meeting held on November 8, 2010 and came into effect on January 1, 2011.
“Subsequent legal advice … stated that prosecutions are taken on the basis of offences committed in a ‘ticket-parking space’, which is separately defined in the bye-laws, and that the inclusion of road marking RRM 016 in the definition ‘ticket-parking space’ was not required for the purpose of preserving the integrity and validity of that definition.
“This has been accepted by the District Court. [Therefore] all tickets/fines have been issued legitimately,” said the statement.
The Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Ratepayers’ Association had not responded to the council’s statement at the time of going to print.