Too many Naas motorists misusing parking bays according to local access group

Abuse of parking bays

Paul O'Meara

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Too many Naas motorists misusing parking bays according to local access group

Members of Naas Access Group campaigning to increase awareness about parking in the town recently

The abuse of parking bays dedicated for disabled people was highlighted in a recent protest staged by a locally based action group.

Naas Access Disability Group visited a number of bays around Naas.

They carried placards bearing messages like “What’s Your Excuse?” — a reference to the fact that most offenders have an excuse for parking where they shouldn’t which often is “I was only there for a few minutes.” NADG campaigns for greater awareness of the needs of people with disabilities, serious illness and the elderly.

Majella O’Keefe of NADG said the visited Corban’s Lane, Sallins Road and Main Street to “show what it’s like for people who need a space to be left without one by somebody who doesn’t need one.”

Niall McDonnell of the Clane-based Irish Wheelchair Association said that without proper access to the parking facilities of accessible bays, people with mobility issues can find carrying out simple tasks very difficult. “The basics of everyday living like just going to the shop, bank or post office can be denied by someone parking illegally in an accessible bay,” said Mr. McDonnell. He said accessible bays are always at a premium and Christmas just makes it more difficult to access them.

He explained that someone who parks there without being entitled to can force someone who has been looking for a space to drive past. “They may not find another one free for quite some time,” he added.

“We all know how long you might be driving around looking for one that is empty, never mind when there may be only a limited number you can use.”