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Blackspots Top 10 clamping locations in Dublin in 2021 revealed as total vehicles clamped up 59%

New figures provided by Dublin City Council show a total of 37,149 vehicles were clamped for illegal parking during 2021 – an increase of almost 14,000 over the previous year


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The number of vehicles clamped in Dublin city last year rose by 59% in line with increased traffic levels following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in the second year of the pandemic.

New figures provided by Dublin City Council show a total of 37,149 vehicles were clamped for illegal parking during 2021 – an increase of almost 14,000 over the previous year.

They also reveal that Clarendon Street in the city centre retained its ranking as the capital’s worst blackspot for offending motorists getting their vehicles clamped.

On average, a total of 102 vehicles got clamped each day in Dublin city last year – compared to 64 in 2020 when parking enforcement activity was impacted by major restrictions on travel in the first half of the year following the outbreak of the pandemic in March.

It is the second year in a row that Clarendon Street, which runs parallel to Grafton Street at the back of the Westbury Hotel, topped the list of locations for vehicle clamping.

A total of 1,240 vehicles were clamped on Clarendon Street in 2021 – a record high for a single location in one year for the administrative area controlled by Dublin City Council – and almost double the number of offending vehicles detected on the street in 2020.

South Circular Road also retained its position as the second most common location for clamping with 653 vehicles detected by parking enforcement officials in 2021.

Merrion Square South had the third highest number with 445 vehicles clamped.

Several locations dropped out of the Top 10 list of clamping blackspots in Dublin last year including South William Street and Capel Street which were transformed into pedestrian zones for periods during the summer.

Areas which have seen a large increase in illegal parking and clamping activity during 2021 include North Great George Street and Gardiner Street Lower.

The location which was the city’s worst blackspot for illegal clamping for many years – Mespil Road– also features in the Top 10 again.

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A total of 322 vehicles were clamped on Mespil Road, which is located on the banks of the Grand Canal,last year – about a third of the number clamped at the same location in 2019 when 911 vehicles were immobilised.

The latest figures show that 44% of all vehicles were clamped last year because of the failure to pay for use of a parking bay – over 16,400 detections.

The next most common offence was parking or stopping in a clearway which resulted in the clamping of more than 4,700 vehicles.

A total of 1,245 vehicles were clamped for parking in a bus lane with 52 clamped for parking on a cycle track.

Records show 219 motorists were caught parking in a disabled parking space without a valid permit, while 106 vehicles were clamped for misusing a parking bay for charging electric vehicles.

Thursday is the weekday when vehicles are most likely to be clamped in Dublin city with a total of 6,432 immobilised on Thursdays last year with the figure falling to 2,394 on Sundays.

November was the busiest month for clampers with 3,750 vehicles clamped. The lowest level of clamping activity was in January, which coincided with the reintroduction of a major lockdown, when just 2,151 vehicles were clamped.

The figures also reveal that motorists are most likely to have their vehicles clamped between 8am and 9am.

Drivers who park illegally must pay a release fee of €80 to have the clamp removed, while illegally parked vehicles which are not removed within 24 hours are towed away and impounded with owners required to pay a release fee of €160 plus a daily storage charge of €35 to have them returned.

There are approximately 30,000 on-street parking spaces in the city with vehicles clamped at over 1,630 different locations last year.

Meanwhile, the number of parking fines issued by traffic wardens in Fingal County Council also increased dramatically last year to 13,712 – up 58% on the 2020 total.

The most common location for illegal parking in the area was North Street in Swords where 965 vehicles were issued with tickets.

The number of parking fines issued by parking enforcement officers within the administrative area of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council showed a more modest increase – up 2% to 29,378,

The most number of tickets were issued for illegal parking on Main Street in Blackrock – a total of 746 last year.

Figures for parking fines issued by South Dublin County Council last year are not yet available.


Top 10 Clamping Blackspots in Dublin City in 2021  (Number of vehicles clamped)

1 – Clarendon Street – 1,240

2 – South Circular Road – 653

3 – Merrion Square South – 445

4 – Waterloo Road – 389

5 – Ranelagh – 353

6 – Commons Street – 351

7 – Mespil Road – 322

8 – North Great George’s Street – 321

9 – Gardiner Street Lower – 314

10 – Merrion Square West - 312

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