Newly released parking enforcement figures for the Dublin City Council area show a significant drop in actions taken against motorists for parking on cycle lanes, bus lanes and clearways.

The statistics for enforcement by the council's contractor Dublin Street Parking Services (DSPS), show that in 2018 the number of enforcement actions was 5,160, almost 20% down on the 2017 figure of 6,382.

The biggest drop was in cycle lane enforcements which fell from 205 in 2017 to 66 last year.

The actions on bus lanes rose slightly last year to 1,713 up from 1,697 in 2017, but the number of enforcements on clear ways dropped 4,480 in 2017 to 3,381 last year.

The report says DSPS receives 18,000 separate requests for enforcement each year and prioritises them on the basis of the nature of the complaint.

Responding to the figures on Twitter, Green Party Dublin City Councillor Ciarán Cuffe said: "We've got to up our game on keeping footpaths, cycle lanes and bus lanes clear of illegally parked vehicles".