I put in a freedom of information request to see how much each city in Ireland generated last year for parking fines for nothing more than curiosity and nosiness.
I didn’t have the time to go more in depth to compare money generated by parking fines versus other types of fines issued by each council.
The Irish Examiner went into more detail in February and gave a comprehensive breakdown of fines issued by Cork City Council in 2014.
Dublin City Council handed out a total of 56,601 parking enforcements in 2014. By parking enforcements, the council means clamping, or “vehicle immobilisation” as they referred to it as. This generated a whopping €4.24 million over the course of the year.
An Garda Siochana would issue parking tickets within Dublin city, as opposed to the council.
The top three streets for “enforcements” were: Merrion Square West (733), Mespil Road (720) and Ormond Quay Upper (656)
In 2014, the declamp fee was €80 so the income earned for the top 3 streets would be as follows: Merrion Square West (€58,649), Mespil Road (€57,600) and Ormond Quay Upper (€52,480).
Limerick city generated €554,504 in parking fines in 2014. O Connell Street generated €30,130, Henry Street generated €28,730, and Roches Street generated €21,180 in fines.
Kilkenny City generated €187,860 in parking fines in 2014. The top three streets in terms of money generated for parking fines were: Bateman Quay (€18,540), Castle Road (€14,420) and Patrick Street (€11,210).
Galway City collected €538,066 in parking fines in 2014. The top three streets were Eglinton Street, which collected 1,458 tickets and generated €55,620 in fines. Merchants road generated €31,360 and 778 tickets, and Williamsgate Street collected 508 tickets, and generated €20,288 in parking fines.
Cork City generated €1,227,480 in parking fines in 2014. The top three streets were South Mall (€111,180), Saint Patrick’s Street (€45,720), and Morrison’s Quay (€28,960).
I passed the data onto the professionals over at The Journal, and you can read all about it by following the link below:
Make sure to follow @orlaryan on twitter who made the effort of hammering the statistics into an article.