An average of 75 motorists in Cork City were issued with parking fines by traffic wardens each day last year.
New figures provided by Cork City Council show a total of 27,239 fines were issued for breaches of parking regulations during 2015.
It represents a 2% reduction on the number of parking tickets issued in 2014.
The value of the parking fines handed out last year also declined by a similar amount — down 2.7% or just under €33,000 to €1,194,600.
The downward trend in the scale of detected illegal parking has continued since 2013, when the number of fines peaked at almost 35,500.
The South Mall is once again the city’s prime blackspot for breaches of parking regulation, with 2,049 offences recorded last year — more than double the number of fines issued in the second-busiest location, Patrick Street, with 1,090.
However, its notoriety as a location heavily patrolled by traffic wardens has seen the level of illegal parking on the South Mall decline dramatically since 2013, when more than 3,800 were fined.
Morrison’s Quay retained its third place in the league of parking fine hotspots with 730 tickets last year.
Other locations where large numbers of parking tickets were issued were Grand Parade, Cornmarket Street, Connaught Avenue, Fr Mathew Quay, Union Quay and Wellington Road.
A total of 246 motorists were fined last year for parking in a space reserved for disabled drivers.
The local authority estimated it earned €8.4m from all parking revenue last year including fines as well as parking fees from its Black Ash park-and-ride facility.
It costs the council around €4.7m annually to run parking services in the city, including €1.6m on payroll.
Tuesdays are when motorists in Cork are most likely to be fined,
while weekends are not surprisingly the quietest days of the week for traffic wardens, 855 parking tickets were still issued on Sundays last year.
On weekdays, there are significantly fewer parking fines issued on Mondays — just 2,511 in 2015. The daily average for the other four days is over 5,500.
With 3,266 fines November was the busiest month for catching offenders last year followed by October and September. The least number of parking tickets were issued in June — less than a third of activity levels in the busiest month.
Cork City Council does not collect data on the time of day when tickets are issued.
Meanwhile, Cork City Council has ruled out installing pay-and-display parking meters on the basis the cost is too high, despite using them in a trial phase in 2010.
Council officials recently revealed that the cost of installing and maintaining 100 parking meters would be €600,000 per annum. They pointed out other local authorities which use such machines are moving towards cashless parking payments systems. Cork City Council already operates a park by phone facility as well as an online system.
The annual cost of running the city’s disc parking system is €200,000, The park by phone service, which has been in operation since 2006, costs €70,000 per annum.
Fine Gael councilor John Buttimer has called on the council to reconsider its opposition to pay-and-display parking meters claiming motorists wanted greater flexibility in how they paid for parking their vehicles.
“At the moment, people have to go looking for shops which stock parking discs. It is a very antiquated system,” he remarked at a recent council meeting.
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