Limerick students pay penalty for bad parking practices

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A specific garda operation was mounted in College Court after residents complained about cars being abandoned by students
SEVERAL students were fined after they were prosecuted at Limerick Court for parking offences which were detected during a garda operation in the College Court estate in Castletroy.

SEVERAL students were fined after they were prosecuted at Limerick Court for parking offences which were detected during a garda operation in the College Court estate in Castletroy.

Almost a dozen students, who all attend the University of Limerick, were convicted of offences including parking on footpaths, parking on double yellow lines and not displaying parking discs.

All of the offences before the court related to November 15, 2012.

Garda Brian Duddy of the divisional traffic corps told Judge Eugene O’Kelly that a specific operation was put in place on that date in response to complaints from local residents.

“There was an issue in relation to parking in the area. We received complaints that cars were effectively being abandoned and that best practice was not being adhered to,” he said.

Garda Duddy accepted that a number of the students before the court had parked their vehicles outside their rented accommodation in designated on-street parking spaces.

However, he said parking discs were not displayed on the vehicles at the time.

He added that the UL Students Union had advised the students that they could apply for residents permits, which would have allowed them to park in on-street spaces without the need for a parking disc.