06 Oct 2022

EXCLUSIVE: Carlow's parking profits down with an average of seven fines issued per day

Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request have revealed

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Plás na Saoirse (Haddens's) Car Park in Carlow

Carlow County Council made over €176,000 in profits from parking charges in 2017 but this was down on profits from 2016 where the local authority made €260,000. 

Information obtained through a Freedom of Information request revealed that the income generated from parking charges in Carlow came to €399,936 in 2017 and €433,005 in 2016 while the Council's expenditure came to €223,590 in 2017 and €172,532 in 2016. 

Councillors have been reacting to the figures publised on Carlow Live on Wednesday with one saying that parking is "not a revenue generating exercise" and that the introduction of 30 minutes free parking in Carlow Town impacted profits but encouraged people to come into the town. 

It's understood that the expenditure for 2017 breaksdown into: traffic wardens €100,000 (two wardens); maintenance and management of car parks €30,000; maintenance and management of meters €30,000; Cash in Transit €25,000 and the rest is administration, service support and cental management charges. 

There were also an average of seven fines issued every day in 2017 with a total of 2,617 issued across the twelve months. 

This was down on tickets issued in 2016 when there were 3,416 or just over nine tickets a day on average. 

Up until June of this year, parking expenditure came to €89,773 while the income generated was €212,469 with a total of 2,386 fines issued to August of this year. 

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