Re-offending drivers will be clamped

Drivers who repeatedly flout the law by illegally parking in designated disability parking bays, will face the prospect of having their vehicle clamped in Clonmel.

Drivers who repeatedly flout the law by illegally parking in designated disability parking bays, will face the prospect of having their vehicle clamped in Clonmel.

This is one of several measures introduced in the Clonmel Car Parking Strategy.

Raised as a motion in Clonmel Borough Council last February by Cllr Darren Ryan, he said this week that people should not be fearful that clampers will be trawling the town, but that people who continue to re-offend by parking in a disability space without a parking permit will have their cars clamped.

Also, drivers who use a disabled parking permit without the disabled person accompanying them, will also be targetted, “This sends out a message that there is zero tolerance for people who abuse disability parking spaces in Clonmel,” said Cllr Ryan.

The process will be strictly regulated, according to him, with the traffic wardens working in cooperation with Clonmel gardai. “The traffic warden will liaise with the gardai, then the Council, or an agent acting on their behalf will be contacted,” he explained.

The introduction of clamping in Clonmel for people who repeatedly abuse disability parking bays has been broadly welcomed.

According to Cllr Ryan ‘there are still some very ignorant people who continue to abuse these spaces’, and this measure will target them only. Definitive guidelines will be adhered to before a vehicle is clamped, he said.

“Those parking spaces are strategically located because of their convenience, they are not just put there for the hell of it,” he said.

“You might think you are only parking there for two minutes, but that could cost someone who really needs it, 20 minutes to half an hour.” People who also repeatedly abuse the parking permit system will not only be clamped, but this will also put the disabled person’s parking permit at risk. “This will be very regulated and is for serial re-offenders, people who continue to do it,” he said. Such a person will find their vehicle clamped and will be required to pay a €100 release fee, if they refuse to pay this, it will increase to €150 and the car will be impounded at a fee of €50 per day. Cllr Ryan said he will request that signage is erected to inform the public of the change.