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.
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.