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