Limerick motorists pay a high price at parking court

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A large number of penalties were handed down for parking breaches
PENALTIES totalling almost €20,000 were imposed on motorists who failed to pay fines, which were issued by traffic wardens last summer.

PENALTIES totalling almost €20,000 were imposed on motorists who failed to pay fines, which were issued by traffic wardens last summer.

At a sitting of Limerick District Court, almost 100 people were convicted of breaching parking regulations on dates during last June and July.

Most of the offences related to the non-display of valid parking discs while some related to the non-display of tax discs.

There were also prosecutions relating to vehicles which were parked illegally in loading bays, bus stops, taxi ranks, on double-yellow lines or on footpaths.

In each case, Judge Marian O’Leary heard evidence from individual traffic wardens employed by Limerick City and County Council.

Each of the wardens outlined the date, time, location and nature of each detection.

They also confirmed the registration of the offending vehicle and that a fixed-penalty notice, which was issued on the day, had not been paid.

In each case, a reminder letter was sent to the registered owner of the vehicle, before court proceedings were initiated.

However, only a handful of those summonsed appeared before the court.

One elderly man said he was seeking to have his case dismissed on the grounds he had parked near where he was living at the time.

“I have no problem paying the fine but I want to highlight the injustice of them not giving me a (parking) permit,” he said adding that it was his first time ever in court.

After taking instructions from the local authority, solicitor Pat McHugh said the case could be struck out.

In another case, a young man, who pleaded guilty, said he was working on his own on the day and had been unable to get out to change his disc.

The vast majority of defendants did not appear in court, including one man who was convicted of six separate offences - five of which happened on the same week.

In each case where a conviction was recorded, Judge O’Leary imposed a fine and ordered that the legal costs of Limerick City and County Council be paid.