CONSTRUCTION workers in the capital are using their equipment to remove parking clamps.
This is according to a report from Dublin City Council seen by RTEshows that the introduction of Fixed Penalty Notices is recommended to expedite clamp removal.
The heaviest offender is Castleforbes Street near 3arena, which has the highest number of ‘Blacks’ – illegal clamp removal.
Between January and November last year, 43 clamps were illegally removed on the northern inner city road.
Mount Upper Street and Sheriff Street Upper are also listed as streets with a high percentage of blacks.
The Fixed Penalty Notice is being touted as an effective deterrent rather than a clampdown.
Since June last year, FPNs have been charged with six counts including parking on a footpath with another 17 counts added last October.
Additional violations were added to address “areas of concern” around construction sites, including commercial vehicles, parking on yellow lines, and no valid showing and paying tickets. .
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So far 1,129 fines have been issued for parking on footpaths, accounting for almost half of these.
According to Parking Enforcement Officer Dermot Stevenson, fines are also more effective for delivery drivers who “never leave the vehicle and often return to the vehicle before any enforcement action can be completed. Anyway, the speed with which an FPN can be completed and issued will help address this concern”.
The use of fines also allows enforcement officers to target illegally parked passenger cars that cannot be caught if the driver is inside.
Report says good plan, run by Dublin Street Parking Service, will be improved by more walking or cycling.
It says the program should be expanded so that teams can use fines in large-scale non-compliance and “disputed areas”.
It also shows that personal cars parked illegally at construction sites should be fined.
The fine originally set punters back €40 but was later increased to €80 but must be paid after 28 days.
Parking on footpaths accounts for 45% of fines issued, while parking on open roads accounts for 22% of FPNs and parking on bus lanes accounts for 19%.
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