January 24: Perils of parking outside our front doors

Ouch! The dreaded sight of a parking ticket was the grim reality for residents of Strandville Gardens in the city last week, which prompted Brian Sexton to write to the Leader
I was shocked and appalled to see the Maor Tráchta patrolling around Strandville Gardens on Tuesday morning, January 13. Fortunately, I’d parked on the edge of the footpath. Not so lucky were a couple of residents further down the hill – two cars ticketed for the HEINOUS crime of parking on the footpath.

I was shocked and appalled to see the Maor Tráchta patrolling around Strandville Gardens on Tuesday morning, January 13. Fortunately, I’d parked on the edge of the footpath. Not so lucky were a couple of residents further down the hill – two cars ticketed for the HEINOUS crime of parking on the footpath.

This was despite protestations from locals about the damage to wing mirrors because of cars parked in the road, making passage through possible only at funereal pace to dodge the line of wing mirrors.

Some have not escaped in the past – but this is not the concern of the Maor Tráchta. The letter of the law must be upheld and let the motorist pay the cost for damages.

The final score: Pedestrians 1 (do they even notice or care?); Motorists 0; city coffers – marginally enriched; Strandville Garden residents’ view of local government – very, very dim.

Just pause for a moment and empathise with the victims who come out their front door to find the rolled up ticket under the wiper.

What is this? What have I done? I was just having a cup of tea. But no, I am a criminal! My crime: parking outside my front door!

Oh the frustration! Oh the impotent rage! Overall, January 13, 2015, was a bad day for local government. Maoir Tráchta, why not just stay away?

Brian Sexton

Strandville Gardens, O’Callaghan Strand, Limerick