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Saturday 20 September 2014

Lazy drivers hog parking spaces for the disabled

Donal Nolan

Published 19/06/2013 | 05:36

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It’s empty now, but disabled parking spaces like this are often taken by lazy able-bodied drivers says Mayor of Listowel Tom Barry who is appealing to motorists to leave the special parking areas to those in genuine need. Photo by John Reidy

INCONSIDERATE, lazy motorists are increasingly using disabled parking spaces just so they can get that bit closer to shops in Listowel.

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INCONSIDERATE, lazy motorists are increasingly using disabled parking spaces just so they can get that bit closer to shops in Listowel.

In doing so, they are preventing disabled people from being able to go about their business as they are faced with prohibitively long distances to walk or travel in their wheelchairs.

Mayor of Listowel Tom Barry said he is receiving more and more complaints from disabled people in town about the problem at the moment as more able-bodied motorists take the lazy option of illegally using parking spaces that are reserved for disabled drivers.

"It's extremely inconsiderate and a terrible inconvenience for disabled people when they can't park near where they need to get," Mayor Barry said. "I'm getting an awful lot of complaints about it at the moment and, to be honest, only started noticing the problem myself after people got onto me on the issue. It's happening across town and I would simply appeal to the minority of able-bodied people who do park in these spaces to be far more considerate."

Mayor of Kerry Terry O'Brien, who is himself a wheelchair user, highlighted the problem in Tralee recently and clearly other parts of the county are no better.

"It is obviously a problem in Tralee, but it's certainly a problem here too at present and it needs to end," Cllr Barry said. He reiterated the fact that there are 400 free parking spaces in council car-parks around the town.

"With that many free spaces no one can have any excuse for this behaviour. I have raised the matter with the town council and our traffic warden will be keeping a close eye on this and clamping down hard on it from now on," he warned.

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