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Friday 29 August 2014

Towns rake in millions in parking fines

Dail figures reveal annual haul - and increases

JOE LEOGUE

Published 11/04/2013 | 05:26

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FERMOY, Mallow and Macroom town councils took in over €3.5million in parking fines and tickets over a five year period, the most recent audited figures on the local authorities' parking income shows.

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Furthermore, information released by the Department of Local Government shows that Cork County Council took in €1,014,098 from tickets and fines in the same period, from 2006 to 2010 inclusive. This income came from towns like Mitchelstown and Charleville - where they do not have their own town council, but where paid parking and fines are enforced.

Fermoy Town Council took in the most over the period, with motorists paying €1,684,937 over the five years.

Mallow Town Council came next, with a total of €1,316,702. While the figures for Mallow show a 39% increase in parking income from 2006 to 2010, it does not take into account further recent increases since the local authority subcontracted its traffic warden services.

Macroom motorists paid €546,027 over the five years. The town recorded the third highest increase in parking income of any council in the country in 2010. Whereas Macroom motorists paid €90,329 in 2009, this figure jumped by 87% to €168,748 the following year.

The figures were released in the Dáil last week following a 'parliamentary question' by Fine Gael Cavan-Monaghan TD Heather Humphries.

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