A SENIOR official at Limerick City Council says no decision has been made in relation to the potential outsourcing of traffic management in the city.
Director of Service, Oliver O’Loughlin, was responding to criticism of the proposals from members of the City Council’s transport and infrastructure special policy committee.
However, as revealed by the Limerick Leader last month, Mr O’Loughlin confirmed that outsourcing the function to a private company is one of the options being considered.
“Because of a lack of enforcement, on-street spaces are being taken over by long-term users and there is no turnover of spaces,” he said.
Members of the committee were told there are currently less than half the number of traffic wardens in the city compared to 2006.
Mr O’Loughlin said new traffic wardens cannot be hired because of the public service recruitment embargo and he said transferring staff from other areas of the local authority was “not feasible.”
He told councillors that the matter is a problem as monies raised through the issuing of parking fines are used to fund other traffic management initiatives across the city such as the network of traffic lights.
The director of service insisted that the proposed changes are “not being driven by money per se” and he said there are no plans to introduce clamping.