Clamping earns €10m for council
Dublin City Council has earned almost €10m in car-clamping fees in just two years, new figures reveal.
The council raked in €4.8m from clamping last year, a slight increase on the €4.69m it received in 2008.
The company that carries out clamping services -- Dublin Street Parking Services (DSPS) -- uses just 200 clamps to carry out its enforcement duties.
Despite motorists' hatred of the yellow car locks, AA Ireland last night insisted clamping "was a necessary evil".
Spokesman Conor Faughnan added: "Before clamping was introduced in Dublin city there was wholesale disregard for parking laws."
Dublin City Council also defended the practice.
The fee charged for getting the clamp off in Dublin is €80.
The most clamped street in Dublin in 2009 was Noel Purcell Walk, a small city centre street close to St Stephen's Green, where 1,143 cars were clamped.
Shelbourne Road, close to the Lansdowne Road DART station, had 950 cars clamped, and Jervis Street in the city centre followed closely with 756 cars clamped.
Clamping is also in place in the cities of Cork and Galway.