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Vehicle clamping, tow-away and other fines

Parked vehicles in Dublin City may be issued with a ticket, clamped or towed-away for a number of reasons. These include:

  • If your vehicle causes a hazard or obstruction, e.g. on a clearway.
  • If your vehicle is illegally parked, e.g. on a double yellow line.
  • If the time allowed on a Pay-and-Display ticket (max. 3 hours) has expired.

If you feel that the clamping or tow-away of your vehicle was unfair or mistaken, you can lodge an appeal.

What to do if:

If your vehicle is clamped

Clamping services are operated by Dublin Street Parking Services (DSPS). To be de-clamped, follow these steps:

  • Call Dublin Street Parking Services: (01) 602 2500
  • Tell the operator the location and registration number of your vehicle.
  • Pay the vehicle release fee of €80.
  • Payment can be made by credit card, via a de-clamp voucher or online at www.dsps.ie
  • Your vehicle will not be released until payment is received.

Details of how to contact DSPS are on the Immobilisation Notice that is inside the blue-coloured plastic pouch attached to your vehicle.

After 24 hours, your vehicle could be towed away

If this happens, it will be moved to the city car pound. You will then have to pay a removal and storage charge for each day that it is held. Read the following section to find out what to do if your vehicle is towed away.

If your vehicle has been towed-away

Tow-away services are operated by Dublin Street Parking Services (DSPS). If you suspect your vehicle has been towed away, follow these steps:

  • Call Dublin Street Parking Services: (01) 602 2500
  • Tell the operator the registration number and last location of your vehicle.
  • The operator will then confirm whether the vehicle has been towed away. There are 2 types of tow away:
    • Tow-away to a new location: If your vehicle was causing an obstruction, it may have been moved to another location where it cannot interfere with traffic. In some circumstances, you vehicle may have also been clamped.
    • Tow-away to the city pound: If your vehicle was already clamped for more than 24 hours - and you did not pay the release fee - it may have been moved to the city pound.
  • If your vehicle has been moved to a new location and then clamped, you must pay a release fee of €80. Payment can be made by credit card, via a de-clamp voucher or online at www.dsps.ie.
  • If your vehicle has been moved to the city pound you will have to pay a removal and storage charge for each day that it is held. Payment can be made by credit card, via a de-clamp voucher or online at www.dsps.ie .
  • Once payment has been received, you will be told where your vehicle is located.
    • If it was clamped: The clamp will be removed.
    • If it was in the city car pound: It will be available for collection.

If your vehicle has not been towed away, contact An Garda Síochána (Irish police service).

If your vehicle gets a parking ticket

Parking tickets are issued by An Garda Síochána (Irish police service). If you get a parking ticket, contact the following numbers:

  • Tel: (1890) 30 40 60
  • Tel: (0504) 59800

There are varying levels of charges depending on the type of offence and whether penalty points have also been incurred. You can pay you parking ticket at any Post Office.

Full instructions are on the Parking Ticket.

Why we clamp and tow-away vehicles

Parking regulations are designed to make life more pleasant, more orderly and more convenient for everyone by:

  • Eliminating obstructions and reducing congestion.
  • Improving road safety.
  • Increasing the availability of on-street parking spaces.
It is your responsibility to ensure you comply with the law and city regulations when parking.

For more information

Dublin City Council
Parking Enforcement and Policy Section
Roads and Traffic Department
Block 2, Floor 6
Civic Offices
Wood Quay
Dublin 8

Tel: (01) 222 2261
Fax: (01) 222 2190
Email: parkingenforcement@dublincity.ie