CARS double parking near the Social Welfare office are “causing chaos” in Limerick city, it has been claimed.
Gardai recently responded to a complaint about cars double parking on upper Cecil Street and issued a number of tickets to those parked illegally.
However, gardai in Henry Street have flatly rejected claims that they are targeting the area.
“There is no specific operation but gardai did receive complaints about cars double parked in the area recently,” said a spokesperson for Henry Street. “A staff member in a premises nearby made a complaint about cars double parking and causing an obstruction and four tickets were issued.”
One enraged driver rang the Limerick Leader to complain about getting a ticket, but the spokesperson for Henry Street said that the gardai were not targeting those parking in the area. However, they said that “some people think they can park where they want and are parking illegally, which is causing chaos”.
Limerick has just four active traffic wardens patrolling the city - down from ten over the past six years - while privatisation of the traffic warden service is on hold pending the official appointment of the new manager of the city and county local authorities, Conn Murray.
Rory McDermott, senior engineer with Limerick City Council’s traffic management department, said that the warden service in the city was “under-resourced and has been for at least 12 months”.
“The options on the table are to out-source or to build it up and operate it directly,” said Mr McDermott.
He confirmed that a private company had been selected through the tendering process to provide warden services, but said the final decision was “with the management team of Limerick City Council at the moment”.