Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan has called for action to be taken to standardise parking charges in town centres, in order to assist struggling retail businesses.
During Order of Business, the Kerry senator said “Extortionate parking charges are having a hugely detrimental impact on town centres right across the country. This problem has been escalating for a number of years, and yet local authorities remain largely inactive on the issue.
"High parking charges are acting as a deterrent, driving shoppers out of towns and into large, out-of-town retail parks and shopping centres, where parking is usually free. The end result is local businesses are on their knees."
RGDATA has been among the organisations calling for action on town centre parking, calling for national guidelines on parking rates to be introduced, a move the Senator believes would be "a constructive move."
Senator Coghlan called for a debate on the matter to be brought before the Seanad, and indicated his intention to speak to Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan TD on the matter.