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Parking. Loading bay

  • 18-09-2022 1:43pm
    Registered Users Posts: 5,605 ✭✭✭

    Just parked in a loading bay (private car etc) It’s outside of its hours.

    is this free? Or do I need to pay.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,698 ✭✭✭ronaneire

    If it is a private carpark, their rules. On street parking is within the hours specified on the street signs.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,605 ✭✭✭obi604

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,462 ✭✭✭vandriver

    You're free to park there.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,605 ✭✭✭obi604

    Just parked in a loading bay (private car etc) it’s on street parking.

    is it free on a bank holiday?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,306 ✭✭✭markpb

    Loading bays are generally free outside of the displayed hours but IIRC it’s possible to be a paid parking space at one time and a loading bay at others. You need to check the signs.

    Some councils offer free parking in paid parking spaces on bank holidays but not all bank holidays. They usually post the information online and the parking meter should also tell you (somehow).

    Post edited by markpb on

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,605 ✭✭✭obi604

    yeah, but loading bays have Monday specified, but not sure if any special rules around bank holidays which are usually on a Monday

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,993 ✭✭✭✭Wishbone Ash

    If it's free on a Sunday, it will be free on a bank holiday.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,605 ✭✭✭obi604

    Parked in a ‘loading bay’ in Galway today at about 4:30pm.

    sign Is shown as attached.

    came out to the car and had a parking ticket.

    can I dispute this?

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,388 ✭✭✭ofcork

    I would sign says 6 to 11.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,988 ✭✭✭✭Del2005

    No, it's a clearway sign that allows parking for loading at the times indicated. Only commercially taxed vehicles can park there between 6-11 for 30 minutes

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,605 ✭✭✭obi604

    Yeah. Really annoyed. I specifically parked in the loading bay. and arrive out to ticket.

    it seems disputing is a pain. I parked exactly where the car is in the attached (this is not my car, noticed parking ticket about 20 mins after leaving and drove back to check)

    Now when I went back I noticed another sign right beside the car, The loading bay one is a few yards up the road.

    not sure what this sign means

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,605 ✭✭✭obi604

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,388 ✭✭✭ofcork

    Del is right id say its a clearway only commercial allowed between the times shown.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,605 ✭✭✭obi604

    Thank you all for the replies.

    just so I have it clear in my head

    in regard to attached signs, the loading bay one, does it mean;

    that commercial vehicles can park in the loading bay for 30 mins and can only do so between the hours of 6am-11am Monday to Saturday.

    Then the ‘clear way’ sign above loading bay means, any time outside of Monday - Saturday from 6am-11am, no one should be parked here at all.

    Is this right?

    not sure why pics are coming out areaways , they have the correct orientation on my phone and not sure how to rotate.

  • Registered Users, Subscribers Posts: 13,501 ✭✭✭✭antodeco

    It says clearway above meaning no parking at all. It can be used as a loading bay during those times only for a maximum of 30 minutes.

  • Registered Users Posts: 51,239 ✭✭✭✭bazz26

    The red x sign means clearway (no parking). As above, the exception is that it can be used as a commercial loading bay Monday to Saturday from 6am to 11am only with a maximum stay of 30 mins for loading.

    I don't see what grounds you would have to appeal.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,333 ✭✭✭greasepalm

    Many people get caught out with signs not knowing Commercial tax only and private car will get hit.

    Some loading bays can be also taxi rank at certain times and makes it more complicated.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,605 ✭✭✭obi604

    Thanks all. So now that I understand, I have no grounds to appeal.

    hands up, I dived in……….I seen the loading bay sign and said happy days. I kind of didn’t even notice the other sign. It’s Been a long time since I did my driving test and was no theory exam back then.

    I need to brush up on these signs.

    Post edited by obi604 on

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,605 ✭✭✭obi604

    The below signage is a few yards up from the loading bay and clear way sign.

    Kinda confusing for me with the 3 different signs. It has a clear way pointing left and right and then underneath it has defined times. Can one park to the left (in loading Bay Area) outside of these defined times or is it just a clearway

    zoomed in

    Post edited by obi604 on

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,262 ✭✭✭ratracer

    If only there was a book that explained all these signs to drivers…..🤔🤔 maybe it could be a bestseller!

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,388 ✭✭✭ofcork

    No all clearway id say dont park there.

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,976 ✭✭✭✭AndrewJRenko

    Loading bays are for loading and unloading. Were you loading or unloading?

  • Registered Users, Subscribers Posts: 13,501 ✭✭✭✭antodeco

    Not relevant for this discussion as the loading bay is only in effect during specific times. OP clearly says it was outside of those times, so the confusion is about what the loading bay "turns to" outside of those hours, iE when the OP was parked there.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,320 ✭✭✭✭Marcusm

    The top sign is the important one stating that it is a clear way in both directions with the loading bay sign providing relief from that within the stated hours. Clear way means no stopping, not just no parking.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,605 ✭✭✭obi604

    thanks all for the replies and education, just going to pay this fine now, I have learnt my lesson

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,605 ✭✭✭obi604

    another q, see attached picture and highlighted area and then the parking signs.

    Is there any time I can park here with a standard private car

    Zoomed in on parking signs:

    Post edited by obi604 on

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,320 ✭✭✭✭Marcusm

    Anytime on a Sunday and between 7:30pm and 6am during the week. That’s exactly the sort of sign we need for every single yellow line. Too often they are not accompanied by any signage so confusion prevails.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,605 ✭✭✭obi604

    but does the top clearway sign not overrule all this.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,320 ✭✭✭✭Marcusm

    The timeplate on the clearest pole indicates when it is a clear way. Can you see the third sign further along, also a clear way sign with a 24hour designation further separating the zones.