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Monday 23 October 2017

Families hit as parking permits are under fire

DUBLIN'S congested streets are forcing the city council to reduce the number of on-street parking permits available to householders.

City bosses have focused on homes in high-demand areas.

They want to cut the number of passes from three to two per property in these zones.

However, if introduced, it will only apply to roads which have pay-and-display parking installed after the measure is enacted.

It would mean that, for three people sharing a house, at least one of them would have to go without a permit.

In addition, a family with adult children would also have to limit themselves to two cars.

The local authority has proposed to introduce the measure as part of its revised parking bye-laws.



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The planned clause states: "Where a new residents' parking permit zone is introduced . . . the maximum number of residents in a building which is a single housing unit who may concurrently hold a resident's parking permit shall be two."

City Hall's traffic and transport committee is due to vote on the proposal at its meeting on November 2.

The council would then have to bring the bye-laws before a full meeting.

It also wants to bring in a new display system for permit parking.

"The new permit will be a parking tag sticker which should be displayed on the upper right of the front windscreen.

"The bar code, when read by the parking enforcement operative's handheld, will give the following information: registration no. of vehicle, valid street(s) and expiry date," parking enforcement officer Brian Riddick said in a report.

Included the draft bye-laws is a proposal to allow flexibility in setting on-street parking rates.

Councillors have already signalled their approval for the plans, which would allow the council to reduce parking fees on special occasions.

If eventually implemented, the move will mean City Manager John Tierney can set lower rates to encourage shopping or attendance at particular events.

"It will give the manager a bit of flexibility if there are any special events -- it will allow us to promote them," Labour's Andrew Montague told the Herald previously.

comurphy@herald.ie

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