40 percent of parking tickets issued in Mayo towns last year went unpaid, it has emerged.
Mayo County Council has also reported significant issues with repeat parking offenders, with one person owing €2,100 on 35 unpaid tickets and another with outstanding fines of €1,680 for 28 tickets.
Separately, an Independent TD has said he believes local authorities need to take more care in marking off parking zones after he appealed against a ticket for a constituent who had parked in a disabled bay.
Deputy Sean Canney, TD for Galway East, sent a representation to Mayo County Council in July saying the motorist had not parked there “intentionally.”
In a letter to the local authority, he wrote: “[The person] did not observe the sign on the road, which is faded, and it was raining at the time.”
Mayo County Council said in their response they would not be cancelling the ticket.
“Unfortunately, the ticket is payable,” they wrote, “as [the person] parked in a parking space allocated to people with a disability.”
Mr Canney said: “Disability spaces are for people with disability but they should be clearly marked. It is important we leave them for people with disabilities – but it’s important to mark them and lay them out so that there can be no room for confusion.
“Markings should not be allowed to fade because sometimes people will not realise they are in one until they come back. It should be part of the maintenance regime.”
A separate parking appeal was made in Mayo by the office of Sinn Féin TD Rose Conway Walsh for a constituent who had also used a disabled space.
In that case, however, the person had accidentally forgotten to display their permit and the local authority agreed to waive the fine in that case.