Vehicle Clamping Regulation

Vehicle clamping regulations in Ireland is enforced by the National Transport Authority (NTA).

Legislation which is applicable in the area of vehicle clamping consists of:

Parking Controllers and Clamping Operators are obliged to comply with legislation which is applicable in both statutory (Public) and non-statutory (Private) clamping places. There is additional legislation which is applicable in statutory clamping places (Public) in the form of Road Traffic and Parking Regulations.

Clamping Appeals

The current legislation permits the person in charge of the vehicle (motorist) at the time it was clamped or relocated to appeal the clamp release fee.

A two-stage appeal process has been established for this purpose:

  1. The First-Stage Appeal Process

The motorist may submit a first-stage appeal, in the manner specified, to the parking controller who was responsible for the clamping/relocation of the vehicle. Information on how to make the first-stage appeal must be made available to the motorist by the parking controller; it is usually found on either the clamping notice or the receipt for payment of the clamp release fee. The first-stage appeal must be made no later than 60 days from the clamping/relocation of the vehicle. The parking controller is then required to make their decision and to advise the motorist of the result in writing. This must be done within 21 days of receipt of the first-stage appeal.

2. The Second-Stage Appeal Process

Motorists who are not satisfied with the outcome from the first-stage appeal process may submit a second-stage appeal to the NTA. An appeal submitted to the NTA will be determined by one or more Clamping Appeals Officers, who are designated by the NTA and are independent in the performance of their functions.

It is not possible to access the second-stage appeal process unless a first-stage appeal process has been completed.

A second-stage appeal may be made by completing the Clamping Second-Stage Appeal Form and submitting it together with any relevant supporting documentation. A copy of the parking controller’s Letter of Determination must also accompany a second-stage appeal.

The completed form must be received by the NTA within 30 days of receipt of the first-stage letter of determination from the parking controller. The 30 day period is deemed to commence on the day the motorist receives the first-stage appeal determination.

The Clamping Appeals Officer may make one of the following determinations:

  • Allowed – where an appellant will receive a refund of the clamping release charge; or
  • Not allowed – where an appellant will not be refunded the clamping release charge.

Further information on vehicle clamping appeals can be found in the Clamping Appeals Procedure . The Clamping Second-Stage Appeal form (also known as the Form for Appeal to the Clamping Appeals Officer) is available below to download in Irish. A copy of the Clamping Appeals Procedure is also available.

A Clamping Second – Stage Appeal form is available by request. A copy can be obtained by contacting the Vehicle Clamping Regulation Section by emailing clampingregulation@nationaltransport.ie or in writing to:

National Transport Authority

Vehicle Clamping Regulation Section
Dún Scéine

Harcourt Lane
Dublin 2
D02 WT20

Údarás Náisúnta Iompair

Dún Scéine
Lána Fhearchair
Baile Átha Cliath
D02 WT20

Vehicle Clamping Complaints

In addition to the two-stage appeal process outlined above, the vehicle clamping legislation requires the NTA to establish a Complaints Procedure to consider complaints from members of the public concerning:

  • The discharge of responsibilities by parking controllers.
  • The conduct, behaviour and identification of clamping operators.
  • Unnecessary delay on the part of parking controllers or clamping operators in responding to complaints, or other communication from members of the public.
  • The identification of vehicles used by clamping operators (including logos, stickers and advertisement on such vehicles).

A clamping complaint can be submitted by completing the Clamping Complaint Form along with any relevant supporting documentation.

The completed form must be received by the NTA within 60 days of the event giving rise to the complaint. The 60 day period is deemed to commence on the day of the event.

The NTA’s decision will be one of the following:

  • The complaint is upheld;
  • The complaint is partly upheld; or
  • The complaint is not upheld.

Further information on the complaint process can be found in the Complaints Procedure . A Clamping Complaint Form (also known as the Form for Appeal to the Clamping Appeals Officer) is available below to download in Irish along with a copy of the Complaint Procedure.

A copy of the complaint form can be obtained by contacting the Vehicle Clamping Regulation Section by emailing clampingregulation@nationaltransport.ie or in writing to:

National Transport Authority

Vehicle Clamping Regulation Section
Dún Scéine

Harcourt Lane
Dublin 2
D02 WT20

Or

Údarás Náisúnta Iompair

Dún Scéine
Lána Fhearchair
Baile Átha Cliath
D02 WT20

A statutory Code of Practice has been established for the purpose of:

(a) Providing practical guidance to parking controllers and clamping operators regarding compliance with the legislation; and

(b) Establishing standards in relation to their general behaviour, performance of duties and conduct.