Parking Fines / Fixed Charge Notice

  • I have received a parking fine - How do I pay it?

    Parking fines can be paid

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  • What are the parking offences that can result in a parking fine being issued?

    Galway City Council Parking Control Bye-Laws and National Parking Regulations govern illegal parking. These bye-laws and regulations are intended to help all road users by eliminating obstructions and reducing congestion, improving road safety and increasing the turnover of on-street parking spaces - making the streets more accessible for all.

    There are 24 offences associated with Parking in Galway City that can result in a parking fine being issued.

    Parking Offences - Galway City Council:

    1. Standing a public service vehicle for hire at a place which is not an appointed stand.
    2. Failing to bring an omnibus wholly within roadway markings at a stopping place/stand.
    3. Parking a vehicle wholly or partly within roadway markings at an omnibus stopping place/stand.
    4. Parking a vehicle in a place prohibited
    5. Parking a vehicle on a single yellow line at a time prohibited.
    6. Parking a vehicle for more than the time permitted.
    7. Parking a vehicle in a manner prohibited.
    8. Parking a vehicle in a parking place in which parking is subject to the payment of fees without paying the specified fee.
    9. Parking a vehicle in a parking place in which parking is subject to the payment of fees without paying the specified fee (a) at the time and (b) in the manner specified.
    10. Parking a vehicle other than a vehicle of a specified class
    11. Parking a vehicle in a parking place in which parking is subject to the payment of fees without displaying a valid parking disc.
    12. Failing to display a current tax disc.
    13. Stopping or parking a vehicle on a clearway.
    14. Parking a vehicle in a designated disabled person's space without displaying a valid disabled persons permit.
    15. Parking a vehicle in a designated loading bay without loading or unloading.
    16. Parking a vehicle wholly or partly on a footpath.
    17. Parking a bus partly or wholly within a road marking in an omnibus stop, which is restricted to city omnibuses only.
    18. Parking a goods vehicle in a loading bay for more than the time permitted.
    19. Parking a public service vehicle unattended in a taxi rank.
    20. Parking a vehicle on double yellow lines.
    21. Parking a vehicle on a median strip.
    22. Parking a vehicle within 5 meters of a junction.
    23. Parking a vehicle in a casual trading area during hours of trading.
    24. Parking a vehicle in a pedestrianised area.

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  • Where can I download Galway City Council's Parking Control Bye-Laws?

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  • How much will I be charged if I am issued a parking fine?

    When a Traffic or Community Warden issues a Parking Fine, the person who receives it has 28 days, from the date of issue of the fine, to make payment.

    If payment is not made within 28 days the amount of the fine will increase by 50% and the person may, during the next 28 day period, pay the increased amount that is €120.00 / €90.00 / €60.00.

    If payment is not received within the 56 day period, court proceedings will be initiated and payment of the fixed chargecannot be accepted thereafter. Summary conviction in a court for Failure to Pay a Fixed Charge Notice can incur a charge up to €1,000 and costs.

    The Traffic Warden or Community Warden may serve a Fixed Charge Notice by post or by affixing the notice to the vehicle.

    Charges: Parking Fine

    Offence Charge Day 1 to 28 Incremented Charge
    Day 29 to 56
    Day 57 +
    Parking in a Disabled persons Parking Bay without Displaying a Valid Permit € 80 €120 Summons & Court Proceedings
    Failing to Display a Current Tax Disc € 60 €90 Summons & Court Proceedings
    All Other Offences Currently Enforced by Traffic Wardens / Community Wardens € 40 €60 Summons & Court Proceedings

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  • Can I appeal a Parking Fine?

    If you receive a Fixed Charge Penalty Notice/Parking fine and you consider this action unjustified, you are entitled to lodge a written appeal.

    Appeals should be sent to:

    Traffic Section, Galway City Council, College Road, Galway

    Or by email to customerservice@galwaycity.ie

    An appeal should be written clearly and legibly and include the following information:

    • Name, address, vehicle registration number of the appellant.
    • Your parking ticket Number
    • Reason for the appeal and any supporting documentation such as Photographs, details of road markings

     

    • Only an appeal received by Galway City Council within 28 days of the issue of the date of the Fixed Charge Notice will be considered.
    • Be advised that fines automatically increase by 50%, 28 days after issue. If your appeal is unsuccessful, you will be liable for the incremented charge.
    • All supporting documents must be submitted as part of your original appeal application. Additional documents will not be accepted/considered once an appeal has been submitted.
    • Appeals will only be considered in extenuating circumstances.

    Appeals will not be considered for any of the following parking offences.

    • Parking a vehicle in a parking place in which parking is subject to the payment of fees without paying the specified fee - or failure to clearly display a valid parking disc or other permit, ie. Carers, Residents & Visitors.
    • Stopping or parking in a Clearway at any time.
    • Parking a vehicle in a place prohibited, e.g. Bus Lane/Bay, Taxi Rank, loading bay, or in a pedestrianised area or any other prohibited areas.
    • Parking a vehicle on double yellow lines.
    • Parking a vehicle wholly or partly on a footpath.
    • Any other form of illegal parking.
    • Failure to display current Tax Disc*

     

    When we receive your appeal, we will:

    • immediately begin processing it through our appeals processing procedures.
    • consider your appeal in conjunction with the evidence supplied by the Traffic Warden in relation to the issuing of the ticket.
    • notify you in writing of our decision.
    • record details of your appeal for control and audit purposes.

    Download parking fine/fixed charge notice appeal form.

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  • I received a Parking Fine Payment Reminder; but have submitted an appeal, what should I do?

    Parking fine reminders are automatically sent, 14 days after a fine has been issued, regardless of whether an appeal has been lodged or not.

    The outcome of your appeal will be communicated to you by post and no further action is required by you until you receive confirmation of the outcome of your appeal.

    However it should be noted that fines automatically increase by 50%, 28 days after issue. If your appeal is unsuccessful, you will be liable for the incremented charge.

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  • I received a Parking Fine Payment Reminder by post, but never received a parking fine ticket on my car - do I have to pay it?

    Yes. Occasionally tickets may be removed from vehicles e.g. blown off the windscreen or may disintegrate with rainfall. The reminders are sent out to the registered owners of vehicles that received fines so that in the event that the owner did not receive the ticket, they are aware of its existence. The reminder for payment includes all details pertaining to the offence and parking fine and is legally binding.

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  • Where can I access the Rules of the Road?

    Download The Rules of the Road as published by Road Safety Authority (PDF 5MB)

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