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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Clamping

This year
# Clampdown
Clarendon Steet remains Dublin's worst blackspot for illegal parking
Clamping rates in the capital rose by 10% last year.
All time
# clamp down
New parking blackspot emerges in Dublin during 2020 as clamping revenue takes €1m pandemic hit
Clarendon Street saw the highest number of vehicles clamped during 2020.
# Clampers
Here's where the top 10 clamping blackspots were in Dublin city last year
The number of vehicles clamped in Dublin city in 2019 was up 8% to 46,516.
# clamp down
The NTA is looking for public feedback on clamping and clampers
The NTA launched the public consultation on its Code of Practice today.
# Clamping
Dublin City Council enters new five-year clamping contract worth €36.67 million
Last year, the council recorded revenue of €27.9 million from parking fees.
# Clampers
'I was forced to pay twice': Only very small number of cars clamped in Dublin city successfully appealed
Only a small percentage of those who are clamped seek to reverse the €80 fee.
# paid and displayed
Profits at Dublin clamping firm increase to €1.75 million as revenues top €17.8 million
In the year under review in 2017, 55,977 vehicles were clamped in the city council area which works out at just over 150 every day.
# Clamping
NTA issues tender for workers to rule on appeals against clampers
The clamping appeal officers must be “of good character” and be familiar with “natural justice”.
# Appeals
Clamped outside the Rotunda at 37 weeks pregnant: The complaints against Dublin clampers
Over half of the clamping appeals made in the first nine months of the year were successful.
# Penalty Points
Two 'clamp fairies' arrested for removing clamps from cars in Dublin
Gardaí issued fixed charge penalty notices to the owners of vehicles parked on the same footpath.
# parking complaints
Over 228 people appeal car clamping decisions in the first two months of new law
Last year legislation came into effect to regulate clamping in Ireland, allowing for an appeals process from people who have felt hard-done by from clamping companies.
# clamping complaints
Driver refunded after claiming clampers waited for grace period to expire in 'ambush type exercise'
Questions around the ten minute grace period not being fairly given made up a number of the complaints about clamping last year.
# clamping down
Parking complaints: Driver refunded after claiming clampers took photo of wrong street sign
Another driver said that the wrong car was de-clamped after they paid the de-clamp fee.
# Clamped
Dublin clampers spat at, pushed and struck with steel bars by angry motorists
There were 14 reports of aggressive behaviour towards clamping staff in the first eight months of this year.
# Dublin City Council
Clamping complaints: Elderly woman with no mobile or credit card clamped while at mass
A passerby stopped with the woman and had to pay the fine.
# revealed
'Goodwill' refunds issued after complaints over 'unfair' clamping
These are just some of the recurring complaints that Dublin City Council receive about clamping.
# Not happy
Clamping complaints: The most common areas and offences for Dublin City Council
DCC received 63 complaint about clamping from May 2016 to May of this year.
# Clampers
Long-awaited clamping regulations to begin next week
The regulations will be published next week, with the NTA taking over in October.
# yellow discs of doom
Poll: Should clamping charges in Dublin be reduced?
Clamping fees due to Dublin City Council increased by €100,000 in 2016 according to a report in today’s Irish Times.
# Newbridge
Irish Rail to refund clamping fees as 'gesture of goodwill'
The cars had valid parking tickets but were not parked in marked spaces at Newbridge train station.
# park and ride
Local anger as row of cars clamped at "chock-a-block" train station
The station has recently become busier because of a new route.
# the one
This driver came up with the most Irish excuse to get out of a clamping
# Just the ticket
This Offaly lad saved a woman from getting clamped and left her a sound note
The hero we all need.
# Your Say
Poll: Should clamping be banned in hospital car parks?
The Transport Minister has “utter sympathy” for people who are clamped – but says hospitals should manage their own parking operations.
# clamping rage
Here's how much councils make from parking fines ... and which streets are the top earners
Were you caught in any of these locations?
# triangle of doom
Minister has 'utter sympathy' for people who are clamped at hospitals ... but he won't ban it
Paschal Donohoe said it’s a matter for individual hospitals.
# yellow doom
Clare Daly: Clamping is an easy way to make money
The TD suggested we consider banning the practice.
# Grafton Street
A Dublin City Council van was clamped on Grafton Street today
# clamp happy
Nine complaints a day made against Dublin clampers
Three clamping staff were also attacked during that time in the city.
Ever been clamped? The process is set to be overhauled
A new Bill seeks to regulate release fees and introduce a complaints process.
# New Rules
Ever had a run in with a rogue clamper? Their days are nearing an end, apparently...
Their days as rogue clampers, that is. New laws are being brought in to… well, clamp-down on the practice.
# €80
Varadkar: No plans to change de-clamping fee - and it's not just there to make money
The Transport Minister added that it has been ‘highly effective’ in changing driver behaviour.
# Strike
Dublin clampers vote in favour of industrial action over pay dispute
Dublin Street Parking Services voted in a secret ballot this afternoon on possible strike action.
# on stike?
Dublin clampers to vote on strike action, say no agreement made on clamp targets
Dublin City Council has reportedly set a target of 60,000 vehicles clamped a year.
# Your Say
Poll: Should there be more free parking in towns and city centres?
Local authorities collected €115 million in parking fees last year.
# viking clamp tour
The Viking Splash Tour fell foul of the clampers
# Snap Happy
These are the photos that made us smile in 2013
God knows we all needed a little cheering up occasionally in the past 12 months. Fortunately, there were sometimes camels on the beach…
# Parking
Legislation to regulate vehicle clamping to be published early 2014
The new provisions will establish an independent appeals process.
# clamping down
Dunnes Stores workers being threatened with car clamping in store carpark
The threat at the Newbridge store is part of a wider dispute where parking facilities have been withdrawn at 116 Irish stores.
Column: Paying top-ups to senior staff raises serious questions about hospital operations
There’s something wrong in the system when we are topping-up hospital executives’ pay while clamping patients in hospital car parks for money, writes Catherine Murphy TD.