YORE RAISES ILLEGAL USE OF DISABLED BAYS
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.