“Pay and display” parking scheme – Q&A
Currently, the primary parking solution being implemented by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is “pay and display” – a system of controlled parking that requires display of a permit or ticket.
A “pay and display” parking scheme will include painted parking bays on the road and designated times during which the scheme operates – parking is permitted only within the bays and the bays may be on one side only.
Residents are entitled to purchase annual or bi-annual permits (the allocation to each household is usually limited to two and they ordinarily cost approximately €40 per permit per annum). Residents may also purchase “visitor permits” which normally cost approximately €1.50 and cover parking for one day for a non-resident vehicle (“resident vehicles” must be registered at the address).
Some pros & cons
· Parking only in designated bays and therefore not on footpaths, too close to driveways or across gateways.
· Tackles commuter parking by non-residents.
· More space for cars to pass by alternating parking spaces.
· Regulated parking and create a safer road traffic environment.
· Residents cannot park where they like: i.e. parking in designated bays only means that you may not necessarily be able to park outside your house.
· Additional on-street “furniture” such as poles and ticket machines.
· Fee for on-street parking.
· Bureaucratic problems: application for resident’s parking permit requires form-filling, evidence of address, vehicle to be registered at address, etc.
· Only two resident’s permits per address – difficulties for households with no drive and/or multiple cars.
· Scheme operation requires proper enforcement.