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From 1 May fixed penalty notices will be issued for motorists parking their non electric vehicles in E-Car Charging spaces around Newry.

Newry and Armagh MLA, Justin McNulty  has been contacted by owners of electric vehicles complaining about non electric vehicles parking in the E-Car spots.

An Electric Car charging at an E-Car Space in Monaghan Street, Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
An Electric Car charging at an E-Car Space in Monaghan Street, Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Mr McNulty explained :I have been contacted by local motorists who have invested in new e-cars because of their environmental impacts and they have expressed their frustration at the way in which other motorists are parking in charging point spaces,  who however are not driving electric cars.

"Whilst I recognize that finding a parking space can often be difficult, that doesn’t mean motorists should park in bays designated as charging points for electric cars.  I have raised this issue with both Transport NI and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council."

The MLA concluded "I have been advised that light touch of enforcement will be taking in the coming days, however, from 1st May 2018 fixed penalty notices will be issued. I welcome these actions and in particular the light-touch approach where anyone found parking in these bays in the coming days will be advised that enforcement action will follow. This will allow those who do park in the designated charging point bays to park more appropriately in the future."

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