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Disabled drivers must not be charged for parking

11 November, 2005

Sinn Féin Equality spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has welcomed plans for a review and public consultation process on the abuse of the disability parking permits system in Dublin City. However, Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "it is absolutely essential that this process does not result in charges for people with disabilities."

Speaking today, in response to Dublin City Council's proposal to introduce parking charges for people with disabilities, he said, "The review and public consultation on the abuse of the disability permits system is welcome, however it is absolutely essential that this process does not result in charges for people with disabilities. People with disabilities who are using the system properly must not be punished because others are abusing it.

"The consultation process on these proposals must be genuinely open and free from any forgone conclusions on the outcome. I would encourage people to engage actively with this consultation in the interest of protecting disability rights."

Sinn Féin Councillor Robbie Sargent, a member of the City Council's Transport Committee, who attended the presentation of the proposals last night said, "The people abusing the system should be punished and not disabled drivers. Sinn Féin councillors will vote against any attempt to charge people with disabilities for parking or to undermine their right to full inclusion in our society". ENDS

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