Buncrana council getting tough on parking fines

Buncrana Town Council has been told that legal action will be taken against people who have failed to pay parking fines in the town.

There were 713 outstanding parking fines in Buncrana at the end of 2008, 500 of them relating to cars from Northern Ireland. The council was told that shortly, it will be possible to pursue those fines through a joint arrangement between the Department of Transport here and the DVLA in Belfast.

Discussions to allow the sharing of information between the respective offices at Shannon, and Coleraine have intensified since the introduction of barrier free tolling on the M50, and Buncrana councillors were told the council can piggy back on that arrangement once it has been agreed.

Town Engineer Donal Walker told the council that defaulters will be brought before the courts within a matter of weeks.