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General Information

A system of parking fees, restrictions and fines is in place throughout towns and cities in Ireland to ensure the careless parking does not cause obstructions for other motorists, businesses and impinge on the safety of pedestrians.

Most local authorities employ their own traffic wardens to enforce the parking regulations and issue fines. Members of An Garda Siochana (the Irish police force) also have this authority. Your local authority is responsible for creating bye-laws that list places in your town/city where parking fees will be imposed. It also decides the value of parking fees. Before making bye-laws that restrict parking , your local authority must consult with the Garda Commissioner and give public notice of its intention to make bye-laws that will restrict parking. It may take out advertisements in local newspapers or on local radio, etc. It is also obliged to consider and observations or objections from members of the public that result from that process. Objections or queries can be lodged with your local authority’s traffic division.

Revenue generated from public parking fines is used to cover the costs of operating these services.

Parking Laws

The Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) Regulations, 1997 provide for the general regulation and control of traffic, pedestrians and parking. The Road Traffic Act, 1994 gives local authorities the power to make byelaws governing the type of paid parking controls in their areas – e.g. disc parking, pay and display parking, etc. Under the Road Traffic (Signs) Regulations, 1997, local authorities are responsible for authorising regulatory traffic signs and designating areas where parking is restricted or prohibited. Clamping of vehicles is authorised by the Road Traffic (Immobilisation Of Vehicles) Regulations, 1998 and in extreme cases, the Road Traffic (Removal, Storage and Disposal of Vehicles) Regulations 1983 – 1991 gives the power to local authorities to tow away vehicles that have been illegally parked and are causing serious congestion. Section 11 of the Road Traffic Act 2002 provided for the current system of fixed-charge traffic and parking offences, replacing the previous system of ‘on the spot’ fine offences.

Parking Restrictions

Parking is restricted in certain parts of most towns and cities in Ireland during business hours. Parking information signs on the streets will clearly display the hours that restrictions are in operation. During these hours, you are not allowed to obstruct clearways, bus lanes and loading zones. Disabled parking spaces are off limits at all times to all motorists unless you have an appropriate permit.

Private Car Parks

Private car parks are not regulated by the Government in any way. That is to say, they are privately owned and revenue earned from parking in these car parks goes directly to the owners and not your local authority. The prices charged in private car parks vary from place to place, ranging from about 80 cent to 2.50 euro per hour. Prices are determined by the car park owner.

Vehicle Clamping

Vehicle clamping is in place in South Tipp General Hospital and the Clonmel area. Services are operated in these areas by a private company on behalf of the hospital. Employees of the vehicle clamping company are entitled to clamp (and de-clamp vehicles) and issue clamping notices for vehicles that are in violation of the parking regulations. Clamping on private property is not covered by legislation and owners must make sure that there are adequate signs and warnings notifying the public that clamping is in operation and that full contact details for the company enforcing the clamping are easily available.

Tow-away System

Vehicles are towed to a car pound and a significant fee (up to 160 euro) may be charged for their release. Towing is generally thought to be too extreme a measure for pay parking offences and is only considered if the vehicle in question is causing severe congestion (i.e., if you park in a clearway etc.). If your car is causing a major obstruction or left abandoned 24 hours after it is clamped,  it will be towed.

Rates

If your car has been clamped, you may have to pay fines ranging from 80 euro to 100 euros, depending on the private company involved. The clamping company will have left a sticker on your car window giving you details of who to contact to get your car de-clamped. Fines can be paid by cash, credit card and Laser card ONLY.

If your car has been towed away and impounded, you can expect to pay up to 160 euro to get it released. If you suspect your car has been towed away, contact the local Garda station to find out the location of the car pound. Again, fines can be paid by cash, credit card and Laser card.

If you fail to pay your parking fine or to make a formal appeal against the fine, you can be prosecuted in a District Court for your alleged offence.

Recall Security Services agree to work with parking and traffic management at clients premises, in accordance with the clients policy and procedures.

Schedule of Service

RSS Traffic Control will patrol the area agreed.

Amount of patrols and timing: We will carry out patrol at agreed times.

Evidence of service delivered

RSS Traffic Control will put a log book at the clients premises if requested.

The book will show Time, Date, and location of visits.

Clamping Process

RSS Traffic Control vehicle when on patrol of grounds, will look out for vehicles who are in breach of the “Rules for the Regulation of Traffic Management Policy’.

Vehicles found in breach of the above will have a warning sticker put on their vehicle or maybe clamped straight away.

That sticker will indicate:

  • Time, Date, Location
  • Notice to the driver of Registration Number ________
  • What area the vehicle has breached on the grounds.
  • Warning that if the vehicle is not moved within 10 minutes, it will be clamped.
  • A release fee of €80 or €100 will be payable to have this vehicle de-clamped.
  • The number to call to have the vehicle de-clamped 086-0202222
  • After 10 minutes if the vehicle is still at the same location, a clamp will be fixed.
  • A photo will be taken of the vehicle (around the wheel) before and after the clamp is fixed.

Dealing with difficult/offenders who cannot pay:

All security officers are trained in Responding to Threats and Violence, we are trained in dealing with difficult people. Persons who refuse to pay are not dealt with for a long period. The clamping officer will just inform the person that they can call the above number when they have the money to have the clamp released. Security will then walk away. We have an appeals form and it can be sent to the appeals manager, it will be dealt with within a week.

Reports

RSS Traffic Control will provide a monthly report to the Client Manager if requested with details of:

  • Number of cars clamped
  • Number of appeals received
  • Number of appeals granted and refused

Any event that may have an impact on the client will be reported within two days in writing to the Manager (client).

Operative recruitment and training

RSS Traffic Control will recruit staff as for clamping. Staff involved in clamping will be trained by our registered trainer. Certificates will be issued by the training company.

Operative dress code

All officers will carry identification badges.

All officers will be dressed in a clamping uniform.

The clamping vehicle will be clearly marked as a RSS Traffic Control Vehicle.