Tuesday 27 September 2016

Dublin motorist uses hacksaw to remove clamp from car

David Kearns

Published 11/05/2015 | 14:16

Drivers in Dublin could face a €50 increase to remove clamps if proposal gets the green light
Drivers in Dublin could face a €50 increase to remove clamps if proposal gets the green light

An angry motorist used a hacksaw to remove a clamp from his car last night.

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The motorist was spotted furiously sawing through the device that was clamped to his vehicle which was parked near Four Courts complex in Dublin's city centre on Sunday evening.

A witness told the Independent.ie she observed the man using a hacksaw to chip away at the device, and she saw sparks as he worked tirelessly to avoid paying its €80 release fee.

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“As we were driving down the quays on Sunday we noticed sparks up ahead and couldn't really figure out what was going on,” the woman said.

“As we drove closer, it was clear that a man was trying to remove the clamp on the front wheel of his car with a hacksaw.”

It is not known how long the man spent cutting the wheel clamp off but his efforts eventually bore fruit.

“It was mad… [when] we circled around again, the car was gone and the destroyed clamp was left on the road.”

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The momentous struggle was spotted some time around 7:45 pm, along Ormond Quay Upper.

Some 56,000 vehicles were clamped across Dublin City in 2014 – ranking in almost €4.3 million in fees for Dublin City Council.

Speaking to Independent.ie, a spokesperson for Dublin Street Parking Services said that it was unlikely that this story would have a happy ending however.

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“This kind of stuff happens from time to time but we always pursue those who do it. We have their registration, so we know exactly who they are,” he said.

“It’s criminal damage to private property, so we do seek to prosecute in those instances where it happens.

“I’m not familiar with this particular case but, regardless, it definitely sounds like criminal damage since the clamp is private property,” he added.

Ormond Quay Upper was named in Dublin City’s top five black spots when it came to clamping in 2014. Some 97pc of those in the area did not have a valid permit.

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