Parking in County Wicklow over the weekend came under the spotlight once again.
Car parks at beaches and beauty spots throughout the County were full by early Saturday and Sunday morning, leading to chaos on the roads. Traffic was built up on the M50 and M11 from morning until late afternoon.
A one way system was put in place in Brittas Bay and the road leading to Clara Lara was closed for a number of hours.
Despite warnings and measures put in place over the past number of weeks, car owners still parked illegally with many just abandoning cars.
At two locations vehicles parked illegally led to a delay for emergency services where two people died after collapsing.
Speaking this morning Superintendent Declan McCarthy said:
“The Gardai are realists and we are aware that we are in a pandemic and people are finally being allowed travel and move around, particularly in good weather, we are conscious of the need for visitors and businesses need visitors.
Gardai, the County Council, Coillte and the National Parks Service are doing the best they can to facilitate visitors.
Hundreds of Fixed Charge Penalty Notices were handed out over the two days and a large number of vehicles were towed away, particularly in Enniskerry and Brittas Bay.
If car parks are full you can’t just park where you like and abandon your car, it is your personal responsibility to make sure your vehicle is parked in a safe area and not causing an obstruction.
Motorists have been asking Gardai how much is the fine and when told Є40 they are happy to take the fine and leave the car.
The fine now will no longer be Є40, we will now charge the owner of the car , for the cost of the towing and storage fees that will apply.