Local councils made almost €70m from parking charges in 2018.
Dublin City Council made the most money, receiving €29,380,831, and that is expected to increase in the capital by around €1.5m per year.
But while councils are enjoying watching the money roll in, businesses are warning that it is hurting their ability to attract customers – and that in turn reduces the attractiveness of town centres.
Rather than pay for parking or risk fines, people are instead turning to online shopping or out-of-town shopping malls.
Some TDs want to see public parking spaces reduced each year, encouraging people to use bicycles or public transport.
However, other have pointed out that public transport is operating at full capacity, forcing people to drive to work.
‘You would need a can opener to get anyone else on board,’ said Conor Faughnan of the AA.
‘They are stuffed full to capacity yet they only take half of the morning's commuters.
‘Virtually everyone who comes into Dublin by car in the morning is a victim.
‘They are doing it because they don't have a Luas or a tube. Cars are not the enemy. It is like blaming sick people for overcrowding in hospitals.’