Twitter page highlight's Cork drivers' bad parking

Twitter page highlight's Cork drivers' bad parking
Drivers parking their cars along the cycle lane on Pope's Quay. Picture courtesy Bad Parking Cork.

THE people of Cork have been sharing images of some of the worst cases of bad parking in the city.

Cars parked in bus stops, on footpaths, on corners, and on cycle lanes have all featured on the Twitter account, Bad Parking Cork.

If the parking is deemed dangerous, a driver can be fined five penalty points on their licence and can also receive an on-the-spot fine.

Reckless parking has raised concerns with people, especially those who use disabled parking spaces or need help getting on to a bus, but can’t due to someone else parking at a bus stop.

Bad parking on the corner of Caroline Street and Maylor Street. Picture courtesy Bad Parking Cork.
Bad parking on the corner of Caroline Street and Maylor Street. Picture courtesy Bad Parking Cork.

Speaking to The Echo, disability rights campaigner, Joanne O’Riordan, said people often try to justify bad parking, saying “I’ll just be five minutes” but they could end up changing someone’s life.

“I think everyone is guilty of the ‘I’ll just be five minutes’ justification but there are so many people who are affected by bad parking.

“It’s not just people with disabilities, it’s parents of babies or toddlers, elderly people and just everyone in general.

“It’s a huge pain and I think it’s up to literally everyone to be more aware of what they are doing. That mere five minutes can impact on a person’s life.”

Fianna Fáil candidate in the upcoming local elections, Sean Martin, feels that with an increase in employment of traffic wardens in recent years, that they could be softer with their stance and educate drivers as to why they are parking badly before issuing a fine.

He explained: “I think it’s about making a judgement call, mixing the issuing of tickets with having the small discussion as to why they shouldn’t be parked there.”

When told about the Twitter account Bad Parking Cork and provided with examples of some of the shocking parking they have caught on camera, Mr Martin said there is no excuse for it and people are not being considerate to pedestrians who may be wheelchair bound, or a parent pushing a pram.

“You’re not thinking about people pushing buggies, you’re not thinking of people in wheelchairs, that’s really not using your head. They shouldn’t be there, end of story.”

Founder of the popular Twitter and Instagram account, Dave Ryan, shared with The Echo as to why they decided to create the account:

“It was really going to and from the train station, seeing the parking along Alfred Street cycle lane and in particular South Main Street cycle lanes consistently. Particularly South Main Street, which is a contraflow, forcing people on bikes on to the road with oncoming traffic.

“Likewise, the lack of action from City Hall and the gardaí in terms of infrastructure and enforcement.

“Lastly, on a few occasions, it was seeing the elderly, and on one occasion a lady in a wheelchair, trying to get past cars parked on George’s Quay.”

A picture sent in to Bad Parking Cork of a car blocking a footpath in Middleton. Picture courtesy Bad Parking Cork.
A picture sent in to Bad Parking Cork of a car blocking a footpath in Middleton. Picture courtesy Bad Parking Cork.

Mr Ryan says the Twitter account receives two to three new images of cars parking either badly or illegally on a daily basis.

He says that while pictures will vary from illegal parking, inconsiderate and just outright bad parking, he hopes the page will make an impact on the number of cars that illegally park against the amount that actually get fined by City Hall or the gardaí.

“I think if it can go some way to documenting and highlighting the issue and, in particular, focusing on illegal parking versus the numbers actually fined by City Hall or gardaí, then job done.”

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