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Motorists in south Dublin are facing increased parking charges including a 100pc rise in the cost of a resident's parking permit and a reduction in free parking periods.

South Dublin County Council wants to cut the current grace period for parking of 30 minutes due to claims that motorists are abusing the existing system by repeatedly obtaining tickets offering half an hour of free parking from machines.

The proposed changes are contained in new draft parking bye-laws which include increasing the annual cost of an on-street parking permit for residents from €20 to €40.

The cost of a visitor's parking permit is set to increase from €20 to €60 a year with a limit of two permits per household.

The council is also proposing changes to charges for pay-and-display parking which currently range from 75c to €1.50 per hour.

Under the new bye-laws, there will be a standard fee across all areas of €1 per hour with a minimum fee of 50c and a maximum stay of three hours.

A new all-day fee of €3 will be charged at park and ride facilities.

However, the cost for vehicles parked in electric charging bays is being reduced to 50c for three hours from €1 per hour.

The council is also proposing to reduce the grace period for parking within its administrative area from the current 30 minutes to 15 minutes.

It said it had lost "considerable revenue" as "in many cases, repeat free tickets were dispensed".

Income from parking fees and fines has fallen from a peak of €986,781 in 2012 to €712,877 last year.

Irish Independent