Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan
Via Irish Times:
The fine for parking a vehicle on a footpath, cycle lane or bus lane is to double to €80 from next month.The Department of Transport said the increased fixed charge penalty rate would come into force on February 1st. The fines apply on all public roads and will be enforced by gardaí and local authority traffic wardens, it said.
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan said the increased penalty aimed to encourage road users to be more considerate and to promote active travel.
“These increases should help improve the safety of all vulnerable road and footpath users by creating a more effective deterrent to these specific forms of illegal parking,” he said.
Conn Donovan, chair of the Cork Cycling Campaign, said the increased fine was a “baby step” in the right direction and that a campaign to catch people who parked on footpaths, cycle lanes and bus lanes was required.