Motorists who park on footpaths, cycleways and bus lanes in Dublin are set to receive fines as well as running the risk of clamping or being towed.

Dublin City councillors have given the go ahead to a plan to impose fixed penalty notices instead of clamping in certain situations.

Parking Enforcement Officer Dermot Stevenson had presented a report which pointed out problems with the clamping system.

He said bus lanes or cycles tracks remain disrupted when a vehicle is clamped.

A tow truck can be called but the offending motorist can drive off in the meantime without incurring any penalty.

Mr Stevenson stressed that the fixed penalty is just another option to be used and would not replace clamping.

Councillors unanimously agreed to try out the new system.