LIMERICK City Council has confirmed that the traffic warden service in the city is to be privatised.
City council official Rory McDermott has confirmed that negotiations with four companies are ongoing regarding privatisation of the service, which is set for January of next year, depending on the length of the tender process.
“There is an embargo on local government recruitment, so we have gone to tender on outsourcing that work,” he confirmed. “We have gone through that process and four companies have been identified, the next stage is to issue a tender document to them and we are expecting those to go out in September, with the contract awarded in November and mobilisation and commissioning in January.”
Limerick city currently has just four traffic wardens, down from 10 in the last five years, and Mr McDermott said: “We desperately need traffic wardens, but the only resource we have to secure them is through this process because of the embargo on staff recruitment”.
Mr McDermott said it would be a “fixed price” contract, meaning the successful company that wins the contract would not be paid by the amount of tickets given out to the public.
Angry delivery men say that motorists are parking illegally in loading bays in the city, making it impossible for them to do their job, and welcomed news that the service would be privatised.
“The situation is crazy when you can’t deliver goods, but everyone knows there are no wardens and are getting away with parking illegally,” said one.