Limerick City and County Council and An Garda Siochana Urge Motorists to “Think Before You Park”

Limerick City and County Council and An Garda Siochana, jointly present ‘Think Before You Park’, a campaign to raise awareness among motorists about the far-reaching consequences of their parking choices, addressing obstructions and hazards in Limerick city and county.

In 2023, Limerick Gardai and Limerick City and County Council issued in excess of 18,000 fixed charge penalty notices for parking offences across the city and county. Contrary to public perception, Gardai issue fines without placing physical tickets on vehicles. This can lead the public to mistakenly believe that no action is being taken against offending vehicles.  

‘Think Before You Park’ Information Stickers

As part of the "Think Before You Park" campaign, for a limited period, members of the Limerick Garda Roads Policing Unit will place information stickers on vehicles that have been issued with fixed charge notices. The stickers direct motorists to the campaign webpage on Limerick.ie, providing insights into the impact of improper parking. 

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell explains:

“The 'Think Before You Park' campaign is a collective call to mindfulness on our roads. Parking choices impact us all, from the convenience of daily commuters to the daily struggles of vulnerable community members. Let's work towards a Limerick where every parking decision is a thoughtful step towards safer, more accessible roads and footpaths for everyone."

John Gannon, Senior Engineer, Roads Operations, Limerick City and County Council:

"At Limerick City and County Council, we're working closely with An Garda Siochana to inspire motorists to reflect on the repercussions of obstructive parking. This behaviour poses challenges for various road users, affecting people with disabilities, cyclists, parents with buggies, and pedestrians. Let's collectively address this concern, whether near schools, in housing estates, or anywhere in the city or county. Always remember to Think Before You Park."

Superintendent Andrew Lacey of Henry Street Garda Station said:

“The 'Think Before You Park' campaign will increase awareness around the harm and consequences of inconsiderate and illegal parking in our City and County.  In many cases, the vehicle moves on within a few minutes, but this short period of time can have a significant impact on residents, businesses, vulnerable persons or persons with a disability. We’re calling for motorists to be more considerate when parking their vehicles but also make drivers aware that Limerick City and County Council and An Garda Siochana both have clear statutory powers of enforcement. So always remember to Think Before You Park."

New Video Captures Voices from the Community 

Vulnerable road and footpath users share their experiences and the challenges they face on a daily basis in a new video produced for the campaign. 

Ashley McCarthy makes an appeal to motorists saying:

“My message to motorists would be, please be considerate of other people. Think if it was your own family member that can’t get past or God forbid that it was ever to happen to you that you need to use a mobility aid. How would you feel if someone was to be blocking your way and making your life very difficult when it’s just a simple thing of thinking in advance of where you park?” 

Claire Dollard has Multiple Sclerosis and walks with a mobility aid:

“A lot of people with MS suffer from fatigue. Every few extra steps can really tire you out and you might end up having to go home and not do all the jobs you intended to do all because one person threw their car there without thinking. I suppose ideally, just try and keep the footpaths clear and bear in mind that for some people, it changes their life and their daily experience if they have to be negotiating all the time to get from A to B.”

Maureen Browne has limited vision and is a member of the Step Forward Disability Group based in Hospital, County Limerick

“There is extreme challenges out in the county as well as in the city. I never realised it until I started losing my sight myself. I’ve only 8% in one eye and nothing in the other. I know I don’t look blind but that’s what I have. Trying to navigate and people’s attitude towards you can be very hurtful. It makes coming out of the house more challenging. I’d be a very independent person but for a person who wouldn’t be as independent it’s easier stay at home and then you’re leading to total isolation.”

Did You Know?

  • There are over 9,000 designated car parking spaces in Limerick City, over 4,000 on-street and over 5,000 in privately operated car parks. 

  • You can avail of on-street parking in Limerick City for as little as 25c for 15 minutes using the Limerick e-Parking App. Full details HERE

  • In Limerick, Limerick City and County Council and An Garda Siochana both have power under legislation to issue Fixed Charge Notices for parking offences.  

  • Parking illegally in a disabled parking bay incurs a fine of €150. See a full list of parking fines HERE

  • Parking fines increase by 50% if not paid within 28 days. Non-payment can result in a court appearance and an even larger fine. 

  • Footpaths in Limerick are regularly damaged by parked vehicles resulting in potential trip hazards and requiring costly repairs. 

For more information, visit https://www.limerick.ie/council/services/roads-and-travel/traffic-and-parking/think-before-you-park

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