A DRIVER in Portlaoise had an expensive trip today, after using a footpath as a ‘convenient’ parking space.
The vehicle, parked neatly on a footpath between a double yellow line and a shop, was slapped with a fine by Portlaoise gardaí on patrol this evening.
The car was completely blocking the way for wheelchair users and pedestrians on a narrow part of Main Street, forcing them to move onto the busy road as a result.
Gardaí said they “engaged with” the thoughtless driver and issued an on-the-spot fixed charge penalty notice.
Gardaí are reminding people that paid parking operates in Portlaoise from 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday. The first 45 minutes are free but this can be availed of only once in a 24-hour period.
After 45 minutes, people must purchase a parking disc for a maximum period of two hours. All day parking is available in car parks located at The Plaza, County Hall and Tower Hill.
Fines will be issued for illegal parking on footpaths, double yellow lines, in disabled bays without a valid permit and in loading bays, or anywhere that parking causes an obstruction.
Fines range from €40 to €150, depending on the location and type of obstruction caused. The maximum fine of €150 is imposed for illegal parking in a space reserved for the disabled.