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  • Q 1 What should I do when I am clamped?

    Please follow the instructions for the release of the vehicle wheel clamp, enclosed with the infringement notice attached to your vehicle.

  • Q 2 Can I appeal the clamping fine?

    1) A person may go to https://buy-permit.apcoa.ie/and enter their car registration and ticket number - this will show them photos of their vehicle and why it was clamped.

    2) They may then choose to continue to appeal or not

    Appeals will only be accepted via the on-line system.

    Apoca cannot consider the following as valid reasons for an appeal:

    • Being late for work/lectures
    • Inability to find a parking space
    • Lack of knowledge of the system
    • Disagreement with the principles of the system
  • Q 3 Will additional spaces be made available?

    The Institute has increased spaces available from 531 in 2001 to its current level of 1384 in 2016. No additional spaces will be made available in the short term. This is due to An Bord Pleanala restrictions and fiscal constraints.

  • Q 4 What is the new car parking policy and what does it mean in summary?

    The new car parking policy is as follows,

    1. Park only in marked parking spaces and entirely within the space as marked.
    2. Do not park elsewhere.
    3. Any car that is not parked in a designated car parking space is liable to be clamped.
    4. The unclamping fee is €55.
    5. From 1st September 2008 a proportion of spaces at the Institute will be subject to a Pay & Display rate of 30c/hour or €2/day or €8/week.
    6. Any car not displaying a valid pay and display ticket is liable to be clamped. The payment of a daily or weekly rate does not guarantee a space.
    7. Other terms and conditions are set out in the FAQ Car parking (i.e. this document).
  • Q 5 When was the new policy introduced & which carparks are P&D?

    The clamping policy has been in force since February 2007.
    The Pay & Display policy was implemented on the 1st September 2008 to the following carparks, 2,3,4,6,7. Car park 9 and DkIT Sport Carpark is free to all staff and students alike. Staff Car parks number 1 and 8 will remain as free Staff Only Car parks. Please refer to map in this FAQ.

  • Q 6 Will staff/students be required to pay to use Pay & Display spaces?

    Staff, students and visitors alike must pay for and display a valid ticket in P&D areas, which can be purchased from the nearby machines. The Pay & Display areas are Carparks 2,3,4,6 and 7. The 21 visitor spaces are not Pay & Display.

  • Q 7 What about staff parking, how will it be affected?

    The staff car parks are Number 1 and Number 8 immediately adjacent the main entrance gates, will be free to cars that are registered as staff vehicles. To register as a staff vehicle staff are required to register on an annual basis via the car park management website https://buy-permit.apcoa.ie/. A valid Staff Payroll Number is required. Vehicles not registered with Apoca will be clamped. Cars parked within the staff carpark but not in a designated bay will be clamped whether registered or not. Staff are entitled to two virtual registrations but may only park one vehicle at a time.

  • Q 8 Will the policy apply weekends and all year around?

    Any vehicle not within a designated parking space at any time will be clamped i.e. 24 hrs / day 365 days per year. Clamping of vehicles without a valid Pay & Display ticket will be in operation during the period 1st September to June 20th each year, weekdays only from 08.00hrs – 18.00hrs. There will be no requirement for Pay & Display between the period 21st June to 31st August each year, however cars not within a designated parking space at any time will be clamped.

  • Q 9 What happens when I leave (even on official business) and return to find no parking space?

    As is the current situation, drivers leaving the campus even on official Institute business may find difficulty in obtaining a parking space on return.

  • Q 10 What about drivers with disabilities? Do they have to pay to park and where do they park?

    Drivers of vehicles requiring the use of universally accessible parking bays may only do so if their vehicle displays a valid and registered "blue badge". Universally accessible bays are marked with a sign on the ground and/or on a nearby pole. If drivers display a blue badge, they may use these bays free. The Road Traffic Regulations, 1997, governs the issue of disabled persons' parking permits in Ireland. Local Authorities, the Irish Wheelchair Association and the Disabled Drivers Association issue the permits. Permits are granted to all eligible disabled persons, irrespective of whether they are drivers or not, and they have National application. Any person who is suffering from a disability that prevents that person from walking or causes undue hardship in walking is eligible for a permit. For those permits not issued by the above agencies, the displayed permit must comply fully with EU recommendation (98/376/EC), which allows for its recognition in other EU member States. There are many bays dispersed throughout the campus.

  • Q 11 What will visitors do?

    There are approximately 1384 car park spaces available to the Institute and 21 will be allocated for visitor car parking. These are located between the Regional Development Centre and the North Building via Carpark 3. Booking of these spaces is on a first come first served basis and is operated through the Institute Schools. As a visitor, you can request a visitor parking space with the person you intend to visit. Booking should go through the School or Functional Department. Please provide your car registration details and your mobile number. Before your arrival a PIN number will be sent to you. With this PIN number you are able to enter the visitor car parking space through the barrier. Reception staff have no input to the visitor parking or operation of barriers.

  • Q 12 Has anybody carried out a study or research into this problem to see if this is necessary?

    ARUP Consulting Engineers were appointed by the Institute to carry out a study/report for a “Sustainable Traffic Management Strategy & Implementation Programme”. This study was requested based on seemingly apparent difficulties with traffic management around the campus. A large variety of information was gathered and analysed by ARUP, including staff and student travel profiles, GIS data and traffic routes analysis. The entire report is available to view on the Institutes website. This policy is a direct result of the findings of this report and was approved by the Governing Body in July 2006.

  • Q 13 Is this system ‘cast in stone’ and can I make suggestions?

    The above arrangements form the next step in the parking management system and the operation of the system is under constant review. General enquiries and suggestions can be sent to us at 01 6516900 or email at
    Ireland.permits@apcoa.ie

  • Q 14 Why can’t I park in unmarked spaces, even though I think I am not causing an obstruction or if I have parked there for a long time?

    Parking in a non designated space causes a number of problems some of which are listed below, obstruction of fire exit routes, obstruction of access to fire hydrant locations, obstruction of fire-fighter's access and hose runs, security, obstruction of universal access including for wheelchair users and visually impaired, disruption to deliveries, disruption of waste disposal, maintenance access, aesthetics, physical damage to Landscaping, Health and Safety risks due to obstructed vision and sight lines. Therefore, parking in an unmarked area, while in a seemingly correct fashion may cause significant difficulties for others. Vehicles infringing the rule "Park only in marked car-parking spaces and do not park elsewhere" are liable to be clamped.

  • Q 15 Where do official Institute Vehicles Park and how do, they qualify.

    It is important to define official Institute vehicles (OIV's) as vehicles complying with all three of the following tests:

    1. The vehicle must be owned by the Institute
    2. The vehicle must be commercially insured by the Institute
    3. The vehicle must bear the standard size official logo of the Institute

    Institute vehicles may park anywhere on campus and are not subject to the policy.

  • Q 16 Why can’t we create more spaces?

    As is the current situation, planning and resources restrict the Institute and it will never be possible to obtain a 1:1 car /parking norm. New Car parks once built tend to fill up quickly and leave the organisation back at square one particularly in the present economic climate where car ownership levels have increased dramatically.

  • Q 17 There was insufficient consultation regarding this system – why weren’t we told sooner?

    All staff were informed of the proposed study by way of e-mail questionnaire and within this questionnaire were asked for comments. The Governing Body were fully informed of the completed study and indeed have adopted a plan which is a direct result of the findings of the report.

  • Q 18 Where are the carparks and how many spaces in each one?

    Car Park 1: 140 Spaces

    Car Park 2: 92 Spaces

    Car Park 3: 130 Spaces

    Car park 4: 48 Spaces

    Car Park 5: Does Not Apply

    Car Park 6: 206 Spaces

    Car Park 7: 28 Spaces

    Car Park 8: 68 Spaces

    Car Park 9: 104 Spaces

    Car Park 10: 495 Spaces (DkIT Sport) 

    Visitor Car Park: 21 Spaces

    Other: 52 Spaces

    Total: 1384 Spaces 

  • Q 19 How far is the DkIT Sport Carpark from the main Campus?

    It is approximately 1172 metres and can be walked in 12 mins at a speed of 5.86 km/hour (3.64mph). Please see campus map.

  • Q 20 I have observed people parking in Car Park 9 and getting a bus to Dublin. What is the Institute doing to stop this?

    A: There is some anecdotal evidence that commuters are parking in Institute carpark number 9 and travelling to Dublin on the bus each day. There is considerable reporting of this with respect to Car Park 9 which is a free to all car park. Car park 9 has 104 spaces of the Institutes 1384 spaces. This seems to cause considerable angst and annoyance among some patrons as it is felt that commuters are availing of free parking that patrons should only be able to avail of. There are many ideas forwarded to the Institute to solve this matter. Some of these are set out below. 

    1. Introduce a permit system: A permit system could be developed that would require data such as name of applicant, type of car, reg. number and evidence that applicant is a student of the Institute. Rules would be developed with respect to who is eligible for a permit, fulltime, part-time, apprentice etc…The car park would require patrolling on a regular basis and a penalty of clamping would be introduced to those cars not registered on the system. The system would require a massive administrative input and on the ground patrolling and therefore would be very expensive for a very small Institute return (i.e. the micro management of 104 spaces). The system could be funded by a charge to apply for a permit but of course the issue and ownership of a permit would not imply a right to a space as all carparks are on a first come basis. The system could be worked around very easily by someone who is intent on parking in the carpark, in which case the system would be superfluous. 
    2. 2) Have a full time security guard on campus guarding the carpark and admitting only persons who have appropriate ID, either a staff card or student card to the car park. This would require the installation of barriers and a security hut. A re-current cost of approximately €50,000 per annum and a capital cost of approximately €30,000. This is an expensive option and also is not available due to Health & Safety reasons related to car-park barriers impeding traffic flow. This solution is also an adversarial solution and may lead to negative behaviour at the ingress point, it is therefore not a long term sustainable solution and again is a large expense to micro manage 104 spaces.
    3. In the event of the previous 2 solutions being introduced any commuter could simply move to a Pay & Display car park and pay €8 euro per week or simply park in the DkIT Sport Carpark which is free and walk to the Institute. So the matter of commuters parking on the campus would still occur. However not withstanding this if Carpark 9 became a Pay & Display Carpark then the matter of angst and annoyance to patrons would not occur.
    4. Place signage to denote that the car park is for students and staff only. A sign was erected in 2016 to denote this but has proven to be superfluous. Signage in particular with respect to parking has proven to be totally ineffective, hence the introduction of clamping.
    5. The Institute gates could be closed and opened at a set time everyday so that commuters cannot use the car park. This would require continuous management and also a call out system for cars that are locked into the car-park. For example if a student or staff members car is inadvertently, through no fault of their own, locked into a carpark of the Institute then a demand for a call out system would be created to open the gates. A call out system would be expensive to operate and man. Also the Institute gates would have to remain fully closed until at least 8.00am which may cause difficulties for Institute staff and students alike and create traffic management difficulties on the main public roads bounding the Institute campus.

    Conclusion: The most appropriate solution is to introduce Pay & Display to car park number 9 as this would eliminate the angst and sense of injustice felt by some patrons towards commuters using this free carpark. No decision has been made with respect to this.

  • Q21 If I am a staff member and I have a virtual staff permit does this mean I can park anywhere for free?

    The answer is NO. A staff virtual permit only entitles the holder to park in Staff carpark 1 and Staff carpark 8 for free. A staff member must pay in the Pay & Display carparks otherwise they will be clamped. 

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