Il­le­gal park­ing in dis­abled bays will at­tract harsher penal­ties from March 1st, a Dun­dalk coun­cil­lor has warned.

In­de­pen­dent Coun­cil­lor Maeve Yore con­firmed that as and from this Thurs­day, the fixed charge for park­ing in a dis­abled park­ing bay with­out dis­play­ing a valid per­mit will in­crease from €80 to €150. The €150 fee has to be paid within 28 days or it in­crease to €225 if paid within the next 28 days. A court sum­mons will then be is­sued if the fee is not paid within 56 days from the of­fence.

Cllr. Yore called on all driv­ers ‘who abuse and use dis­abil­ity park­ing spa­ces to stop.’

She also asked that peo­ple ‘who use a badge with­out the badge holder in car to stop do­ing so.’

She added that the prob­lems with il­le­gal use of dis­abled park­ing bays is an on-go­ing is­sue across the county.

She en­cour­aged all busi­ness own­ers and pri­vate car parks who have dis­abled park­ing spa­ces ‘ to mon­i­tor and not tol­er­ate abuse of th­ese spa­ces.’

‘Ac­ces­si­ble park­ing is an es­sen­tial life­line for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and it is to­tally un­ac­cept­able to park there.’

Cllr.Yore Yore ex­plained that she has been work­ing with ‘Ac­ces­si­b­lity for All’ group mem­ber John Mor­gan on this and other is­sues on dis­abil­ity.

‘At Lo­cal Polic­ing Fo­rum Meet­ings we have been suc­cess­ful in get­ting sup­port from Gar­dai for Op­er­a­tion En­able to be rolled out across the county in the com­ing months,’ said Cllr. Yore.

Op­er­a­tion En­able is a multi agency ini­tia­tive be­tween An whose ob­jec­tive is to re­mind mo­torists to re­spect dis­abled park­ing bays and to dis­cour­age per­mit hold­ers abuse the con­di­tions at­tached to per­mits.

‘Louth County Coun­cil are aware and the tech­nol­ogy is in place from 1 March 2018 for new fixed charges.’

Cllr Maeve Yore.

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