Gardai from the Dublin Metropolitan Region traffic division have taken action over the long-term problem of cars left on the cycle lane on Conyngham Road in Dublin.
The broken-lined cycle lane, which runs westbound across from the wall of the Phoenix Park, offers little legal protection against motorists parking on it. However, as regular users of the road will know, motorists often also break the clearway rule which is in operation from 8am to 10am and from 4pm to 7pm.
But enforcement of the clearway was not the means of tackling the cars on the roadway today. The official Garda Traffic account said: “7 vehicles impounded today offences contrary to S.71 Roads Act 1993, parking vehicles on public road for purposes of sale.”
DMR Traffic: 7 vehicles impounded today offences contrary to S.71 Roads Act 1993, parking vehicles on public road for purposes of sale. pic.twitter.com/YI5zVqwjtN
— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 14, 2017
However, around the corner in the Phoenix Park, the cycle lane continues to be used by gardai attending the courts building on Parkgate Street:
— Philip lavery (@lavery_p) January 24, 2017
The #FreeTheCycleLanes hashtag on Twitter has been used to highlight photographs of a mix of legal and illegal parking in cycle lanes since June 2015. But when users include @gardatraffic in tweets which include car number plates, the Gardai account asks people “please do not post displaying reg numbers” because of “data protection issues”.
Irish road users might be looking on at amazement at what happens with some UK police forces:
@rich22222 sent you a DM regards prosecuting
— CMPG – Road Policing (@Trafficwmp) February 14, 2017
The @Trafficcwmp account belongs to West Midlands Police, which — along with other police forces — are prosecuting bad driving based video footage from people cycling:
— CMPG – Road Policing (@Trafficwmp) April 10, 2016