Suzanne Vega

Marlene On The Wall

Over €15,000 Paid In Fines For Parking In Disability Spots In the Midlands

Just shy of 100 people were caught last year.

Over €15,000 was paid in fines in the midlands for parking in a disabled space last year.

In Westmeath, 31 people were caught parked or stopped in a spot designated for those with a disability badge in 2019, leading to the payment of €10,210 in fines.

Meanwhile in Laois/Offaly, 63 offences were recorded, resulting in €5,025 in fines.

According to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act, gardaí around the country collected over €470,000.

The number of offences rose by nearly 300 on 2018, which Tony Maher from the Irish Wheelchair Association puts down to increased garda enforcement:

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