REVEALED: Waterford Council issued 46 traffic fines every day in 2017
Waterford City & County Council collected €2.5 million from traffic fines issued in 2017, Waterford Live can reveal.
In figures released to Waterford Live through the Freedom of Information Act show the council collected more revenue in 2017 than it did in 2016, despite the fact fewer fines were issued last year as compared to 2016.
Having issued 17,273 traffic fines in 2016, the council took in revenue of €2.35 million, while they received €2.48 million from the 16,929 fines issued in 2017.
Most traffic fines relate to parking offences, resulting in a Fixed Charge Offence Notice. These are issued in Waterford, as elsewhere in the country, when a traffic warden determines careless or illegal parking, or other offences, taking place and causing obstructions for motorists, road users, pedestrians and businesses.
Fines are issued for a host of parking offences, as well as failure to display an in-date tax disc, failure to display an in-date insurance disc, failure to obey traffic direction given by Gardaí and failure by passenger aged 17 or over to comply with the requirements regarding the use of seat belts in front and rear seats. A full list of offences can be found at www.waterfordcouncil.ie.
Waterford City & County Council employs traffic wardens to enforce the parking regulations and issue fines. Members of An Garda Síochána also have this authority.
The figures seen by Waterford Live reveal that these traffic wardens were busy in 2017, issuing an average of 46 fines per day, a slight decrease on the average of 47 per day registered in 2016. Waterford Council issued a total of 17,273 traffic fines in 2016, while that number fell just below 17,000 (16,929) last year.
The information obtained also shows that €154,102 worth of traffic fines issued by Waterford Council went unpaid in 2017. A similar figure was not made available for 2016.
Explaining the unavailability of that figure, a spokesperson for the Council said, "The Council switched over to a new traffic management system in 2017 and we only hold a limited amount of data from the previous system, which is no longer available. The value of the unpaid tickets is not available and cannot be provided."
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