Parking fines down 22% as Cork motorists run out of space

The number of parking fines issued in Cork City declined by 22% last year with almost 7,700 fewer tickets handed out to offending motorists.

Parking fines down 22% as Cork motorists run out of space

Figures provided by Cork City Council show 27,807 tickets were issued by the council’s traffic wardens for breaches of parking regulations in 2014.

The value of fines issued from parking tickets also fell by 22% — down by almost €353,000 to €1.23m. It is understood just over €1m has been paid in fines to date.

However, the council has budgeted that it should still see income from all parking revenues increase in 2014 to €8.64m from €8.59m in 2013.

It costs the local authority approximately €4.7m annually to run parking services in the city.

A council spokeswoman said the reduction in the number of tickets and income from fines was due to a combination of factors, including occupancy levels on streets as well as greater compliance levels and use of off-street parking facilities

She said revenue from the Black Ash park-and-ride facility, as well as the council’s two multi-storey car parks at North Main St and Paul St, had increased in 2014.

The South Mall retained its position as the city’s top blackspot for offending motorists with 2,490 parking tickets issued there last year — an average of almost 7 a day. However, there were still around 1,300 fewer tickets issued on the South Mall in 2014 compared to the previous year.

Cork’s main shopping street, St Patrick’s St, despite having a limited number of parking spaces, recorded the second highest number of tickets, with 844.

Other prime locations for offenders include Morrison’s Quay, Cornmarket St, Wellington Road, Connaught Avenue, and Fr Mathew Quay.

Parnell Place, which had the second highest number of parking tickets in 2013, no longer features in the city’s top 20 blackspots as there were almost 1,000 fewer parking offences last year.

A council spokesperson said the large reduction in fines on Parnell Place was due to refurbishment works which there during the year.

Other locations which dropped out of the top 20 were Alfred St, Lapp’s Quay, and Popes Quay.

Only a few places in Cork actually recorded more parking tickets in 2014. They included Cornmarket St, Emmet Place, Patrick’s Hill and Cove St.

The main parking offence was the failure to display a parking disc on their vehicle, which accounted for more than a third of all tickets in Cork last year. Not having a valid disc accounted for almost a fifth of the total.

The other main offences were parking after the permitted time and parking in a loading bay, while 308 motorists were fined for parking in a disabled drivers space.

April Fool’s Day was the busiest day for wardens, when 212 tickets were issued, generating €9,200 in fines.

Tuesday was the busiest day of the week for illegal parking, accounting for a quarter of all tickets issued, followed by Wednesday and Thursday. Just 10% of tickets were issued on a Monday.

January replaced April as the busiest month, followed by August and October. The lowest number of ticket were issued in June, followed by December and February.

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