Written Answers. - Parking Regulations.

John Gormley


668 Mr. Gormley asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government if he will consider special fines for those who park illegally in spaces reserved for those with a disability; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19477/00]

Local authorities are empowered to provide disabled persons parking bays on public roads in their charge. It is an offence to park in such bays unless a disabled person's parking permit is displayed in the vehicle and it is being parked for the convenience of the holder of the permit.

The offence of parking illegally in a disabled person's parking bay comes within the scope of the on-the-spot fines system and a £15 on-the-spot fine is applicable. The level of on-the-spot fines generally is being reviewed by my Department and the question of amending the on-spot-fine for this particular offence is being considered in that context. Enforcement of these regulations is a matter for the Garda Síochána or local authority appointed traffic wardens.