Capital nets €4.5m from 'ticketed' motorists
MOTORISTS in the capital paid more than €4.5m in parking fines last year.
Dublin City Council yesterday confirmed it had collected €26m from parking meters, and imposed fines of €80 each on more than 58,000 motorists caught parking without a ticket.
Another 19,791 drivers paid €1.5m to have their cars unclamped in the first four months of the year.
The council said most cars had been clamped on Jervis Street, where 261 motorists were hit with a fine, followed by Shelbourne Road (230), Dominick Street lower (229), Wellington Quay (193) and Ranelagh (186).
There are 33,000 controlled pay-and-display parking spaces in the city, and charges range from 60c to €2.90 per hour, depending on the location.
The high cost was last night criticised by the Consumers Association of Ireland.
"I think there's cause to drop parking charges," the association's spokesman Dermott Jewell said.
"Motorists are continually lambasted with all sorts of demands for payments, whether it's insurance, tax, tolls, high fuel costs and parking fees."
The Irish Parking Association estimates that local authorities, which control 108,000 car parking spaces across the country, collect €115m a year in parking charges.