‘Self­ish’ mo­torists who park in dis­abled bays face in­creased fines

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE DID YOU -

THE Min­is­ter for Trans­port, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, said the be­hav­iour of mo­torists who park in dis­abled bays is “self­ish and thought­less”.

He was speak­ing as he an­nounced the fixed charge for mo­torists who park in a dis­abled bay with­out dis­play­ing a valid per­mit has in­creased from €80 to €150 since March 1.

“I hope that this in­creased charge will en­cour­age able­bod­ied mo­torists to re­frain from tak­ing park­ing spa­ces re­served for those who need them,” he said.

Mo­torists have 28 days to pay the fixed charge of €150, which rises to €225 if paid within the fol­low­ing 28 days.

Fail­ure to pay will re­sult in pro­ceed­ings be­ing ini­ti­ated.

The park­ing card scheme is ad­min­is­tered by the Dis­abled Driv­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and the Ir­ish Wheel­chair As­so­ci­a­tion, and cards are is­sued to those who meet the med­i­cal el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria.

Dis­abled driv­ers can down­load a form from the Dis­abled Driv­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, which must then be com­pleted and cer­ti­fied by a doc­tor, and coun­ter­signed by a Garda.

Dis­abled park­ing bays may only be used if the card holder is driv­ing or trav­el­ling in the car.

Able-bod­ied rel­a­tives or friends may not use this card for their own ben­e­fit, and it is an of­fence to forge or fraud­u­lently al­ter any per­mit, or to lend or al­low a per­mit to be used by any per­son other than the holder.

Sean O’Kelly, a dis­abil­ity ad­vo­cate com­mented: “I am pleased to see fur­ther ac­tion taken on those who park in the dis­abled park­ing bays with­out a badge.

“As a driver with a dis­abil­ity, I need the park­ing space to al­low room to get my chair out.

“When peo­ple who use the space with­out a badge make some ex­cuse of ‘I’ll only be a minute’ that is very frus­trat­ing and in­con­sid­er­ate.”

Able-bod­ied rel­a­tives may

not use the card for their own ben­e­fit

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