Wardens in free parking scam caught
Brazen traffic wardens in Dun Laoghaire who were caught illegally parking on a daily basis by residents have been told to pay for parking by the council.
Certain wardens operating in the town were spotted neglecting to buy parking tickets recently, despite being obliged to do so.
The employees were instead placing pieces of paper with the letters "DL" on their dashboards along with their work numbers.
These illegally parked cars had been ignored by their colleagues at Apcoa, the company which is contracted by the council to enforce fines on motorists.
Last year, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council raised €6,225,334 in parking fees and fines, while 225 spaces were made free to its staff.
But the county manager Owen Keegan witnessed the behaviour of some of the offending wardens first-hand yesterday, after he was called in by resident Paul Howard.
Mr Howard said: "This is totally wrong.
"We as residents are asked to pay for the privilege of parking outside our own homes."
One morning last week, Mr Howard counted 28 illegally parked cars belonging to employees of Apcoa.
"That's around €1,100 a day [in parking charges]," he said.
A spokesperson from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council said: "We have advised Apcoa that this practice is unacceptable and that this should not continue."
A representative from Apcoa could not be contacted by the Herald today.