City plan to replace 700 'dumb' parking meters saves fortune
Seven out of every 10 parking meters in Dublin have been condemned as "technically obsolete".
More than 700 lack modern technology and were criticised as being "literally dumb terminals" by Dublin City Council's (DCC) parking enforcement officer Kevin Meade.
The council has launched a plan to rent new meters from a Tallaght-based company.
It will save €600,000 in its first full year through reduced costs and increased parking income, said Mr Meade.
DCC takes in €25m a year from motorists who find kerbside parking spaces.
In a report to the council's transportation committee, Mr Meade said most of the meters on the capital's streets are around 20 years old.
"The cost of replacing these 726 pay and display machines would be in the region of €5m were the council to buy the machines," he said.
A five-year contract has been awarded to UTS Utility Technology Services of Tallaght.
Around 100 of the rented meters have been installed, with the remaining 600 to be put in place this year.
The 100 new meters will save the council more than €70,000 a year in coin collection and maintenance costs.
The machines have "the latest technology such as live transaction reporting which will allow for the development of a smartphone parking-guidance app and assist in enforcement activities", said Mr Meade.
All costs such as maintenance, spare parts, ticket supply and installation and full vandalism warranties are included in the deal.
"The machines will be replaced every five years at no extra cost with the newest technologically advanced machines, thereby eliminating depreciation costs," said Mr Meade.
He added that the continued use of the old meters would have left the council exposed to losses "through robberies, security and repair costs and reputational damage with machines out of order on a regular basis with income loss".