MOTORISTS who have enjoyed free parking outside the tax office in Portlaoise can no longer do so. Since yesterday (Monday), they must pay.
Over the past few days, letters which have been placed under windscreen wipers stated that: “This is a pay and display by-law area. From Monday 18 February 2019, please display a valid parking disc/permit or fines will be issued ‒ by order of Laois County Council.”
The letter was signed by director of services Donal Brennan.
When contacted yesterday by the Laois Nationalist about the charges, Mr Brennan said: “This is nothing new. This has always been a pay and display area. People might have forgotten that. So instead of fining people this time, we decided to give them a reminder letter. But there are a few free parking areas for people to park in.”
When asked how many free parking bays are in this area, Mr Brennan said that he did not know, but added that “a few free spaces are for short-term parking”.
When it was put to him that a woman complained to the Laois Nationalist that in order to get a parking ticket from the only working ticket machine in the area, she would have “to walk about four or five minutes there and back and by the time I walked up and down, sure he (traffic warden) might have put a parking ticket on my car”, Mr Brennan replied: “It’s only a short distance of a walk.”