Dublin park­ing fees may rise by by 40%

City coun­cil warns city cen­tre park­ing could go from ¤2.90 to ¤4.15 an hour Coun­cil says in­creases nec­es­sary to cover ris­ing cost of coin col­lec­tion

The Irish Times - - Home News - OLIVIA KELLY Dublin Cor­re­spon­dent

The cost of on-street park­ing charges in Dublin city cen­tre could in­crease by some 40 per cent to more than ¤4 an hour next year as Dublin City Coun­cil seeks to re­coup the cost of run­ning the ser­vice.

The new rates would range from about 90 cent in the outer suburbs to ¤4.15 in the city cen­tre, where the cur­rent cost of an hour’s park­ing is ¤2.90.

The change, which would rep­re­sent the first hike in park­ing charges in a decade, would re­quire city coun­cil­lors to ap­prove new by­laws. In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor Nial Ring said the charges should not be in­creased.

The coun­cil says it is fac­ing higher costs from next year for the col­lec­tion of coins from me­ters.

‘‘ In­creas­ing the tar­iff would dis­in­cen­tivise peo­ple from com­ing into town and drive them to­wards the subur­ban shop­ping cen­tre

Coun­cil­lor Nial Ring

Mo­bile phone and credit card pay­ment sys­tems are avail­able but more than half of mo­torists con­tinue to pay with coins, it said.

Cur­rent con­tract

The cur­rent con­tract for cash col­lec­tion was agreed at a time of “his­tor­i­cally low” costs and high de­mand for coin, the coun­cil said. It is re­quired to read­ver­tise the con­tract next year.

“As the de­mand for coin has de­creased sig­nif­i­cantly the cost of the con­tract to Dublin City Coun­cil is ex­pected to in­crease sig­nif­i­cantly. The cur­rent bud­get in 2017 for coin col­lec­tion is ¤700,000 and in­creased costs in­di­cate that this could po­ten­tially be as high as ¤1.4 mil­lion in 2018.”

In­creas­ing the charge for coins only would make the tar­iff struc­ture overly com­plex, the coun­cil said.

To cover the in­creased cost of coin col­lec­tion, park­ing charges in all zones would need to in­crease.

The “yel­low” zone, from Dorset Street to Balls­bridge would need to in­crease from ¤2.90 to ¤4.15 per hour; the “red” zone, from Phib­s­bor­ough to Don­ny­brook from ¤2.40 to ¤3.43; the “green” zone from Drum­con­dra to Mill­town from ¤1.60 to ¤2.29; the “orange”, cov­er­ing most of the rest of the coun­cil area from ¤1 to ¤1.43; and the “blue”zone in subur­ban vil­lages from 60 cent to 89 cent.

Mr Ring said rais­ing the charge would drive shop­pers out of the city.

“In­creas­ing the tar­iff would dis­in­cen­tivise peo­ple from com­ing into town and drive them to­wards the subur­ban shop­ping cen­tre.

“What we need to do is en­cour­age more peo­ple to use the park­ing tag sys­tem and move away from coin.”

Paid park­ing spaces

The num­ber of paid park­ing spaces on the city streets has fallen by al­most 6,000 to just over 29,000, since the last in­crease in charges in 2008.

In the last two years alone, about 500 spaces were lost to fa­cil­i­tate the new Luas Cross City line, and another 250 spaces were re­moved to make pro­vi­sion for car club and elec­tric ve­hi­cle bays, Dublin Bike sta­tions, and other bike park­ing and street im­prove­ment works.

An ad­di­tional 300 spaces are ex­pected to be lost due to pro­vi­sion of cy­cle park­ing for re­cently ap­proved “sta­tion­less” bikes and 200 more spaces will be re­moved to fa­cil­i­tate new cy­cle tracks in the city. The ma­jor­ity of park­ing spaces lost are lo­cated in the city cen­tre, the high­est tar­iff “yel­low” zone.

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