Woman banned for 6 months, after parking in disabled spot

Woman banned for 6 months, after parking in disabled spot




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An Ennis District Court, Judge Patrick Durcan hit out at the “boorish behaviour” by able-bodied drivers who illegally park in disabled parking spots in towns and villages, especially around Co Clare.

Judge Durcan made his comment before banning Valerie Scullion of 18 Bridge View, Roslevan, Ennis from driving for six months.

Judge Durcan imposed the ban after hearing evidence from traffic warden supervisor James Counihan that he identified Ms Scullion’s car parked in a disabled driving spot at Francis Street on December 30 last.

Judge Durcan was quoted saying “This is a serious matter” before imposing the driving ban and a €500 fine. He also awarded costs of €100 against Ms Scullion who did not attend yesterday’s court hearing.

The court heard Ms Scullion had previous convictions for illegally parking around Ennis, but none for unlawful parking in a disabled driver’s spot.

Enable Ireland’s communications officer Aghna Hennigan made a statement in which she welcomed the decision, in what she called the judge’s “tough stance”.
Mrs Hennigan went on to say: “Physical accessibility is vital to the true inclusion of people with disabilities in society. If a parking space is unavailable, it can make an entire town inaccessible to a person with a disability.

“Enable Ireland welcomes Judge Durcan’s tough stance on this offence and hopes that it will deter other drivers from unnecessarily occupying accessible parking spaces in future.”

The organisation provides free services to disabled people across 14 counties.

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