With effect from Monday 3rd April 2006, the Fixed Charge Penalty Notice is being introduced nationally by the Department of Transport, as part of the Government’s extension of the Penalty Points System. The Fixed Charge Penalty System is being introduced for Traffic and Parking Offences. At present Local Authority Traffic Wardens issue fine on the spot notices, commonly known as tickets, on parked vehicles. The content of these tickets is prescribed in statutory regulations. The Fine-on-the-spot system is being abolished for offences committed on or after 3rd April 2006. The Fixed Charge Penalty System prescribes that when the notice has been issued, the fixed charge must be paid within 28 days. If the charge has not been paid, the charge is increased by 50% and the increased charge must be paid within a further 28 days. No payment is acceptable after 56 days. The regulations provide that if the charge has not been paid within the 56 days, the offence is then the subject of a summons.
The new fixed charge penalty is as follows:-
|Disabled Persons Parking Bay||€19||€80|
|Tax||€60||€60 (no change)|
|All other offences||€19||€40|