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Best + cheapest way to stop illegal parking.

  • 27-04-2012 10:17pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 1,645 ✭✭✭


    What is the best and cheapest method for a county council to prevent illegal parking in a very small town. Oranmore in Galway is notoriously bad for illegal parking, the warden is there till 5 handing out fines but then people park all over the place after that, the guards don't enforce anything. The main street can accommodate cars parking on one side and allow two lanes of traffic to flow but people park on both sides. How can this be stopped? like physically stopped by bollards or something.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 78,195 ✭✭✭✭Victor


    Have the warden work different shifts.

    Flexible bollards between the two traffic lanes? http://www.pittman.ie/flexible-bollards--verge-posts-!45-cat.html


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 17,733 ✭✭✭✭corktina


    call the gards?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,564 ✭✭✭Pete_Cavan


    Every town in the country suffers from this problem - people feel they are entitled to park their car anywhere, and whats worse, the practice is generally deemed acceptable. It is part of the Irish mindset and nowhere is this more obvious than at GAA matches.

    Irish towns are basically set up to accommodate people who drive into town, abandon the car somewhere for a few minutes while they pop into a shop, and then get out of town as quickly as possible. Our towns are generally not pleasant places to spend time and prioritise drivers over pedestrians and cyclists. Its no wonder people want to spend as little time in town as possible when any open space with potential for a civic area is given over to parking, there are narrow footpaths (regularly blocked by vehicles) and often no designated crossing points. Franky had an article on this recently. IMO, proper, well designed urban spaces would do wonders for consumer spending and the economy in general.

    Anyway, enough of the rant, back on topic the only solution is to widen footpaths to leave only enough space for one/two lanes of traffic, raise kerbs to prevent people mounting them and in some places bollards are needed. You need to physically prevent people from parking illegally, road markings and signs mean nothing, people just ignore them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,512 ✭✭✭Ellis Dee


    The Mayor of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius has provided us with an example that is at least worth considering.:):):)

    rsz-vilnius-bike-lane-tank-zuokas-537x409.jpg


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 25,234 ✭✭✭✭Sponge Bob


    Bounce cars onto road and then ring the Guards :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,645 ✭✭✭yer man!


    corktina wrote: »
    call the gards?
    They don't give a crap, they drive though 20 times a day and have to drive around illegally parked cars. They never fine people, sure that would involve them getting out of the car like, can't have that. In fairness there probably isn't enough guards around to do the job or something.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12 cookiecake


    Hi , I received a parking ticket on my car on saturday . a fixed charge notice willl be issued in due course . I know that speeding fixed charge notices can take weeks to arrive . I was wondering would my notice arrive in the next week or will it too be weeks and weeks . I will be leaving my current address in the next month and dont want to be summoned to court , I was park illegally and i do wish to pay the 40 euro fine . Just curious of the timeframe .smile.gif


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,223 ✭✭✭sdanseo


    cookiecake wrote: »
    Hi , I received a parking ticket on my car on saturday . a fixed charge notice willl be issued in due course . I know that speeding fixed charge notices can take weeks to arrive . I was wondering would my notice arrive in the next week or will it too be weeks and weeks . I will be leaving my current address in the next month and dont want to be summoned to court , I was park illegally and i do wish to pay the 40 euro fine . Just curious of the timeframe .smile.gif

    Surely there's a number on the ticket that you can ring with this query, rather than asking the internet without even specifying which of the 29 local authorities issued the ticket? ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 78,195 ✭✭✭✭Victor


    cookiecake wrote: »
    Hi , I received a parking ticket on my car on saturday . a fixed charge notice willl be issued in due course
    Can you pay the ticket now? If so, do! :)

    Or make sure to keep your address up to date on your vehicle registration / driver's licence - I get the impression that change of details is free.


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 90,399 Mod ✭✭✭✭Capt'n Midnight


    Instead of installing parking meters use the continental system of one hours free parking. Use a plastic clock thingy on the dash board or a note to indicate time of arrival.

    Anyone parked more than an hour or pre-sets the time gets ticketed.

    Since there is no need for meters it's very cheap to setup and manage.

    the idea of the one hour is to get people to move on rather than hogging a spot.

    won't stop people popping into shops etc.




    parking spots at the edge of town so people have to walk the last few hundred meters









    The hightech way is to use CCTV and numberplate recognition to do the traffic wardening. - in the UK they subsidise the cameras with fines for driving in bus lanes etc.


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