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Introduction

 Park Smart Mayo

 Watch where you park

 

Introduction

Mayo County Council reminds drivers that parking illegally on the footpath effectively forces people with disabilities, wheelchair users, parents with pushchairs, older people and all pedestrians onto the roadway and into traffic.

Accessible car parking spaces are strictly reserved for current Blue Badge Holders. These spaces are essential for people with disabilities to allow them to enjoy safe and independent access to shops, churches and entertainment areas, etc. We ask drivers to obey current parking regulations and above all please think before you park.

Mayo County Council asks that drivers of vehicles are considerate to others when parking and ensure that vehicles are parked legally and in a way that does not impede others. For those that don’t follow this advice, the traffic wardens within the four Local Authorities of Mayo (Mayo County Council, Ballina, Castlebar and Westport Town Councils) have been asked to take a strong stance on illegal parking.

For everyone’s sake

Park Smartly. Park Safely. Park Considerately

Enforcement of parking regulations

To ensure that careless parking does not impinge on the safety of pedestrians or cause obstructions for other motorists. Traffic wardens employed by the Local Authority enforce parking regulations and issue fines.

Traffic wardens have authority under the Road Traffic Acts (1961 - 2002) to advise motorists of parking regulations and issue tickets for illegal parking and non-payment of parking fees. Members of the Gardai also have these powers under the Road Traffic Acts. Traffic wardens and members of the Gardai also give evidence in court in relation to the non-payment of fines.

Parking laws

The Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) Regulations, 1997 (External Link) provide for the general regulation and control of traffic, pedestrians and parking. These regulations prohibit parking:

(a) On that side of a section of roadway with double yellow lines;

(b) On a section of roadway where a ‘No Parking’ sign has been provided, during the period indicated on the information plate accompanying such traffic sign;

(c) Within 5 metres of a road junction;

(d) On a section of roadway with less than 3 traffic lanes and where a continuous white line has been provided;

(e) On a section of roadway where an ‘appointed stand’, has been placed to indicate that an appointed stand has been provided;

(f) In any place, position or manner that will result in the vehicle obstructing, delaying or interfering with the entrance to or exit from a fire brigade station, an ambulance station or a Garda station;

(g) In any place, position or manner that will result in the vehicle obstructing an entrance or an exit for vehicles to or from a premises, save with the consent of the occupier of such premises;

(h) Within 15 metres (on the approach side) or 5 metres (on the side other than the approach side) of a section of roadway where a Pedestrian Crossing, Pedestrian Crossing Complex, or Traffic Lights have been provided.

(i) On a footway, a grass margin or a median strip;

(j) On a part of a roadway which is a casual trading area, during hours of trading, unless the vehicle is for the time being in use for the purposes of casual trading;

(k) In a manner in which it will interfere with the normal flow of traffic or which obstructs or endangers other traffic;

(l) Where ‘Bus Stop’ or ‘Stopping Place or Stand’ has been provided unless the vehicle is an omnibus.

(m) Where ‘Disabled Persons Parking Bay’ is provided, unless the vehicle displays a disabled person's parking permit and is parked for the convenience of the person to whom the permit was granted.

Parking restrictions

Restricted parking may be permitted in certain locations outside specified hours. In such situations the hours that restrictions are in operation will be displayed on street signs. During these hours, parking is prohibited in the locations identified. A list of parking restrictions are provided in the Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) Regulations, 1997 (External Link) at http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1997/en/si/0182.html#zzsi182y1997a37

Parking fines

The current system of fixed-charge traffic and parking offences, is provided for in Section 11 of the Road Traffic Act 2002 (External Link). Since April 2006 a system of fixed charge parking has been in place. A list of these fixed charges is available from the Department of Transport at http://www.transport.ie/upload/general/7424-1.pdf

Under this system, a parking fine must be paid within a period of 28 days from the date of the fixed charge notice. Failure to pay within the allotted 28 days will result in the charge being increased by 50 %. If the fine is still unpaid after a further 28 days, court proceedings are initiated.

 

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