Only 10 fines were handed out across Ireland by Gardai to motorists parking in cycle lanes according to figures released to a TD.
Wicklow TD Steven Matthews (Green Party) said the statistics are “hugely disappointing” to him as both as a cyclist and as a public representative but that “they aren’t entirely surprising”.
Deputy Matthews said: “The issue of parking in cycling lanes is something that I have raised long before I became a TD. The figures I have obtained from 2020 onwards show that we are looking at 10 fines per week nationally for parking in a cycle lane so far this year. I think it is fair to say that if you tried, you could find 10 offences on any main street, on any given day. The fact that so few fines are being issued is incredibly frustrating.”
Matthews said in a press release this afternoon that the data was released to him following his engagement with senior representatives from the Gardai at the Oireachtas Committee on Transport recently.
The data was released as campaigners told the Oireachtas Justice Committee this afternoon that parking in cycle lanes is “not a victimless crime”.
Other data provided to the TD includes:
- Collision incidents involving cyclists – 1,574 (2020); 1,669 (2021); 1,071 (2022*)
- Cyclists hospitalised – 584 (2020); 638 (2021); 354 (2022*) **
- FCN for blocking cycle lane – 539 (2020); 350 (2021); 344 (2022*)
* = up to 28/08/22
** = hospitalisation date is per Garda figures which are recognised as under-reporting of issue
“The fact that we have had more cyclists hospitalised following accidents with vehicles than we have had fines issued for parking in cycle lanes is a clear indication that we not only have a behavioural issue but also an issue with enforcement. I will be raising these very concerning statistics with Gardaí at a local level, but it is clear that this failure to address what is potentially a very serious road infringement goes way beyond any individual station,” said Matthews.
He added: “I am seeking an urgent shift in emphasis from An Garda Síochána in their enforcement of cycling lanes and any other measure that offers greater protection to cyclists on our roads. I am more than happy to work at a local and national level in support of this, but any rhetoric or road safety campaign needs to be matched with action in terms of consistently issuing fines for anybody blocking a cycle lane, even briefly. The excuse of ‘I’ll only be a minute’ can’t cut it anymore.”
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