An elderly couple had their car clamped for being parked in a disabled parking bay in front of their house, despite the husband having Parkinson’s disease and a Dublin City Council Residence Permit being displayed in the vehicle.
The couple claimed, in a complaint to the Council,that they were told by gardaí not to leave their disability permit visible. The warning came, they said, after the car was broken into and the permit was stolen just a few weeks previously - writes thejournal.ie.
In another instance, an elderly woman was clamped while at mass and didn’t have a mobile or credit card to deal with the situation. She had to rely on a passerby to assist her, and arrange for the clamp to be removed.
Last month,TheJournal.ierevealed the most common areas and offences that Dublin City Council (DCC)receive clamping complaints about .
From May 2016 to May 2017, the council recorded 63 complaints about clamping on its appeals system. A number of them led to refunds or partial refunds.
We’ve looked at the recurring themes of these complaints . Namely, pay machines being out of service, tickets being turned upside down because of windy weather, and a few cases of clamps not being put on properly.
Today we’re examining cases of elderly people who were clamped, based on information received under a Freedom of Information request to the council.
Window smashed for disability permit
In the case of the couple who were clamped even though their car was parked in a disabled bay outside their home, the woman told the council that the vehicle had been broken into recently and her husband’s parking permit stolen.
She added that gardaí told her this is “happening all the time now”.
According to the complaint: