Son uses his mother's parking permit two years after she died

Twenty-six people have landed themselves in court for using fraudulent parking permits.

This was a part of Operation Enable which was launched by Gardaí in March in order to target offenders - writes

Garda Sergeant Peter Woods is leading the initiative and so far it has provided big results. Twenty-six people will appear in court for using fraudulent disabled parking permits.

The first prosecutions will be brought before Dublin District Court next month. The offenders could face up to €3,000 in fines and possible six month sentences in jail.

On the first day of Operation Enable, undercover gardai went to locations where drivers were using illegal permits.

"We challenged people as they parked," Garda Sergeant Peter Woods said. "By the end of the day we had seized 11 permits. We even had two incidents where people were using a dead relative's permit."

Sergeant Woods elaborated: "One man was using his mother's permit - but she had died two years earlier."The Heraldrevealed this morning.

The second day of Operation Enable was held in June and yielded similar results. There was one case where gardaí seized permits from workmen who parked for free on a Dublin street while carrying out work on a house.

In a housing estate in West Dublin, Sergeant Woods and his team found three cars using the same permit. One party was a legitimate user, whereas the other two were forgeries.

"In our experience, many of those using fraudulent permits or ones belonging to a family member will not park in disabled bays as this may arouse suspicion," Woods explained.

"Instead, they will park for free in regular bays." Sergeant Woods and the rest of Operation Enable have been getting the help from members of the public, who provide tip-offs where appropriate.

This operation is a part of a new garda initiative to clamp down on crime in the country.

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