Owen Keegan, former Director of Traffic Dublin City Council,in 2003
The council is seeking approval from councillors to introduce a 12-month pilot scheme to allow fixed-charge notices to be issued to motorists whose vehicles are blocking bus lanes, cycle paths, clearways and access to driveways.
It is also proposed that such on-the-spot fines will be issued for vehicles parked on footpaths and non-commercial vehicles parked in loading bays, as well as illegally-parked coaches and buses.
In a report to be discussed at a meeting of the council’s traffic and transport committee next week, council officials will outline how clamping vehicles parked illegally in bus and cycles lanes as well as clearways is not the preferred option as it ensures the disruption continues until the owner returns, pays a release fee of €80 and the clamp is removed…
Took your bleedin’ time.
Motorists in Dublin city could face fines instead of clamping (Irish Times)
Red Cow Luas car park
I had my car clamped at the Red Cow Luas stop on Tuesday. In the process of buying one parking ticket and one tram ticket, I omitted a digit of my car’s number plate.
Luckily for me, when I returned to the Red Cow and found my car clamped, an employee of the clamping company helped me pay the fine by credit card.
I appealed the charge by attaching a photo of the tickets and sending them to the company by email.
The next day I received a letter informing me that my appeal to cancel the charge was rejected. The bureaucratic pettiness, and the injustice of this decision – I proved that I had paid for a parking ticket, which the clamping company did not deny – is an extraordinary indictment of the culture of this organisation.
How many people have had their vehicle clamped and been financially penalised because they omitted a number or letter while buying a ticket?
And why is the method of buying a parking ticket so convoluted?
It’s an Irish solution to an Irish problem – make everything as complicated as possible and then fine someone for failing to get the process exactly right.
Clamping at the Red Cow Luas station (Irish Times letters page)
Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin.
A protest at the weekend to stop clamping companies from operating in public arts grounds (!! Fair play to this guy for pointing out that public arts are for the public interest and not an environment for clampers!! Same can be said for our hospitals….
Weave all had enough.
The Herald reports:
“The €80 clamping fine should be increased to €130 according to Dublin City Council’s parking appeal’s officer. Bill Keilthy has said the fine has not increased since 1998 and is no longer a deterrent to illegal parking.”
“He was speaking as it was revealed that 56,000 motorists had their vehicles clamped last year. The system is also costing more money in Dublin than it makes. Clamping services cost €7m but the revenue it brings in is only €4.2m… Figures show more than 2,300 drivers have been clamped between four and 50 times over the past four years with one person caught 55 times — an average of once every three to four weeks and at a cost of €4,400 in total if the €80 clamping fee is applied.”
‘Increase clamping fines from €80 to €130,’ says Dublin City Council official (Herald)
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings earlier to announce a bill to outlaw ‘rogue’ clampers.
Bill to ensure fairness in clamping activities (RTE)
Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Last Saturday on the clamp crazy ‘Stretch of Doom’ in Rathmines, Dublin.
A guy taking clamping on ‘that stretch’ in Rathmines into his own hands. The wheel was fully removed but he was still having trouble getting the chain off the axel. Guards arrived moments later. Who knows what happened after that.”
It just so happens…..
Tim Conlon writes:
Guy clamped. Removed wheel. Garda arrive. Man runs off. 20 mins later bloke comes back. Garda make him put the wheel back on….
Previously: The Stretch Of Doom
“Calls are being made for Dublin City Council to ease parking restrictions because of what is being dubbed ‘over-enthusiastic clamping’.”
“Retailers in the Rathmines area of the city claim parking enforcers are making €1,000 a week from one short section of the main street alone.”
Previously: Meanwhile, In Rathmines
‘Over-enthusiastic clamping’ hurting business (Irish Examiner)
Outside the Social Welfare Office (!), Bishops St, Dublin, within the last hour.
But who will clamp the clampers.