Wednesday 18 July 2018

Driver's €55,000 parking bill after failing to pay 919 tickets

Parking fines are a problem
Parking fines are a problem

Motorists in Dun Laoghaire- Rathdown hold the national record when it comes to unpaid parking fines - and Ireland's worst serial parking offender has run up fines of more than €55,000 after failing to pay 919 separate tickets.

The repeat offender is one of six people in a single local authority area who have accrued fines in excess of €10,000, according to the country's council records. Details on parking fines for Ireland's four largest cities have shown problems across the board with drivers flouting the law over and over again.

Tickets

The problem is most pronounced in Dun Laoghaire- Rathdown where 10 repeat offenders have collectively amassed more than €176,000 in unpaid tickets.

In one of those cases, an individual parked more than 100 times in a disabled parking bay and was fined €120 on each occasion, altogether running up a total bill of €14,320.

The person who ran up the €55,000 bill did at least - when they were illegally parking - steer clear of parking bays for the disabled.

All 919 of their fines were levied at the standard rate of €60 - half of the €120 that applies for offences involving disabled bays.

Overall, 81pc of fines were collected last year in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown with €1.15m taken and another €182,520 left unpaid.

Courts

The council said it had a rigorous policy of pursuing non-payment through the courts and that on two occasions vehicles had been removed and disposed of.

It also said two motorists had been disqualified from driving for repeat offences and multiple convictions had been secured.

Dublin City Council had no such problems as it does not issue parking fines, with enforcement ensured by clamping, or what it describes as "immobilisation and payment of a de-clamp fee".

Figures released by the local authority showed it had raised €12.42m over the last three years from de-clamping around 165,000 cars.

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