Fines for motorists who park their cars illegally on footpaths, cycle and bus lanes will double from today.
The fixed charge notice, which was originally set at €40 has now increased to €80.
The Minister for Transport Eamonn Ryan said parking on footpaths puts “vulnerable pedestrians, such as wheelchair users and those pushing buggies, at significant risk by forcing them off the footpath and into traffic”.
He added that he hopes the fine being doubled will act as a deterrent for motorists not to park irresponsibly.
Meanwhile, Wicklow County Council welcomed the change, saying the practice of illegal parking increases the risk of accidents.
“illegal parking in Wicklow forces vulnerable pedestrians out onto the road and cyclists out into mainstream traffic therefore increased risk of accidents,” a spokesperson said.
Gardaí recently handed out fixed charged notices to motorists parked dangerously and illegally at beauty spots throughout Wicklow.