Please follow the instructions for the release of the vehicle wheel clamp, enclosed with the infringement notice attached to your vehicle.
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:
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.
The new car parking policy is as follows,
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.
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.
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.
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.
As is the current situation, drivers leaving the campus even on official Institute business may find difficulty in obtaining a parking space on return.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
It is important to define official Institute vehicles (OIV's) as vehicles complying with all three of the following tests:
Institute vehicles may park anywhere on campus and are not subject to the policy.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.