INSTALLATION of parking meters around Limerick would allow for cheaper rates for those in the city on short errands, according to Cllr Joe Leddin.
The Labour councillor said meters had been in operation in smaller towns like Ennis and Nenagh “for many years”.
While meters would not be a parking panacea for Limerick, having them in core city centre areas would “nonetheless allow for short-term parking at cheaper rates” and spare motorists the legwork of trying to find a shop that stocks parking discs, Cllr Leddin said.
“One of the big difficulties for motorists and visitors is the hassle in trying to locate shops that sell parking discs. This takes time and effort and for those in the city on business, they may only wish to park for 30 minutes or less.
“The location of these parking meters will allow motorists to place the required amount of money into the meter based on how long they expect to be away from their car. And these meters will remove the chance of motorists been issued with tickets while they are actually gone in search of a shop or retail outlet that sells the tickets.”
While the council could not compete with the free parking regimes in out-of-town shopping centres, City Hall had to be “more proactive” in finding a solution.
“As a City Council, we are spending millions on upgrading our streets and river quays with high quality pavements, street lighting, street furniture and so on and the inclusion of parking meters will at least help in resolving this thorny issue for all concerned,” Cllr Leddin declared.