Illegal parking crackdown

A CRACKDOWN on drivers who park in spaces reserved for disabled people is to get under way in Killarney.

Gardaí, traffic wardens and shopping centre owners are being urged by the local town council to pay special attention to the continuing problem.

Fianna Fáil councillor Tom Doherty said some drivers were “pig ignorant” in relation to parking in spaces designated for those with disabilities. He felt it necessary, he said, to highlight the issue on a number of occasions to “educate” people.

He called for an increase in the maximum €2,000 fine which can be imposed on offenders. “Killarney is a leading tourist town and I’d like to see it 100% disability-friendly,” he said.

Labour councillor Sean O’Grady called for the clamping of vehicles illegally parked in reserved spaces, but town clerk Michael O’Leary said the council had no authority to do that. “Another thing is if cars are clamped, spaces will not available,” Mr O’Leary added.

On the proposal of Independent councillor Niall O’Callaghan, the council is to contact local shopping centres asking them to ensure parking spaces for the disabled are reserved for such people. Signs are to be erected at dedicated spaces, advising drivers of the fines that could be imposed.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has ruled out increasing fines for offenders saying what was needed was a change of attitude.

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