Saturday 21 April 2018

Fifth of drivers clamped in capital are 'serial offenders'

The parking fine was quashed
The parking fine was quashed

Cormac Murphy

MORE than one in five of the 56,000 drivers clamped in Dublin city last year were "serial offenders" who had been caught before.

A parking official has recommended an increased release fee for those who are caught more than three times every year. For 41,046 of the cars clamped, relocated or removed last year, it was the first time they had been caught.

For a further 12,924, it was the second, third or fourth time. And a further 2,312 were subject to enforcement action between five and 50 times.

"The most persistent offender was clamped, on average, once every three or four weeks for a total of 62 times in the 48 months," according to parking appeals officer William Keilthy.

The person was among a group of three who were caught more than once a month in the period.

The data, produced by analysing registration numbers, highlighted a significant number of serial offenders.

Mr Keilthy said: "There is therefore a strong case for updating the regulations to allow for tiered clamp release fees to target persistent offenders."

He suggested that cars clamped more than three times in the previous 12 months should face a release fee of €160.

The street with the highest number of enforcement actions was Merrion Square West (694), followed by Mespil Road (662), Dominick Street Lower (637) and Ormond Quay Upper (631).

Irish Independent

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