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06 Jul 2022

Fines for illegal parking set to double in Laois and elsewhere

Laois motorists who park illegally on paths and cycle lanes are facing a doubling of fines this year.

The Minister for Transport, Mr Eamon Ryan, has signed regulations doubling from €40 to €80 the fixed charge penalty for motorists caught parking on footpaths, cycle tracks and bus lanes. The new €80 penalties will come into operation on the February 1, 2022.

Minister Ryan said he was "very pleased" to announce these increased penalties which he said will promote active travel and encourage a more considerate use of road space.

"Parking on footpaths puts vulnerable pedestrians, such as wheelchair users and those pushing buggies, at significant risk by forcing them off the footpath and into traffic. Parking in bus and cycle lanes endangers cyclists and undermines State investment in sustainable public transport infrastructure.  These increases should help improve the safety of all vulnerable road and footpath users, by creating a more effective deterrent to these specific forms of illegal parking,” he said.

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