Written Answers - Parking Regulations.

Tuesday, 4 October 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 606 No. 64

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  364.  Ms O. Mitchell  Information on Olivia Mitchell  Zoom on Olivia Mitchell   asked the Minister for Transport  Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen   if he will consider an increase in the on-the-spot parking fine which remains at a €19 level. [26788/05]

  380.  Ms O. Mitchell  Information on Olivia Mitchell  Zoom on Olivia Mitchell   asked the Minister for Transport  Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen   if he will consider an increase in the [1465]on-the-spot parking fine which remains at a €19 level. [26787/05]

Minister for Transport (Mr. Cullen): Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen  I propose to take Questions Nos. 364 and 380 together.

The Road Traffic Act 2002 provides for the replacement of the on-the-spot fine system with the new fixed charge system. That system currently applies to the offences of exceeding a speed limit and non-compliance with seat belt regulations. Regulations to provide for the roll-out of that system to a significant number of additional traffic and parking offences are currently being prepared by my Department in consultation with the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the Garda Síochána. This extension of the operation of the fixed charge system will include its application to illegal parking offences. The level of the fixed charge, which I will prescribe as soon as feasible, will be higher than the present level of €19. The operation of the fixed charge system is dependent on the development of a new computerised processing system for the Garda and the putting in place of administrative support services.


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