CITY HALL chiefs have been told to clamp down on cars parking in cycle lanes after it was revealed that just 26 fines were issued so far this year.
Just 120 fines were issued for the offence in the whole of last year — an average of 10 per month — despite councillors saying the issue is a daily problem across the city.
Councillor Joe Kavanagh (FG) said it is pointless for the city to invest in cycling infrastructure if the lanes are not clear.
“I want to express disappointment at the number of fines issued. The thing that concerns me is the amount of money that we are are spending in cycle infrastructure.
“We are about to begin Phase three of a €4m cycle project from Ballyvolane. To come across an average of 10 fines a month is disappointing. I urge the director of services to implement a strategy to improve on that. I suspect if we targeted this aggressively we would get 10-20 fines a day,” he added.
Cllr Fiona Ryan said drivers are ignoring cycle lanes and called for more traffic wardens to be hired.
“Certain cycle lanes become car parks for the entirety of weekends and the hours after the patrolling of wardens,” she said.