Fury at car being clamped for sake of just five minutes

AN ELDERLY COUPLE who went five minutes over the thirty minute free car parking allotment at Rosslare Europort had their car clamped as they waved farewell to a relative.

Wexford County Councillor Larry O'Brien was in Rosslare Europort at 8 a.m. on the June Bank Holiday Monday, and witnessed the incident which happened when there were only four other cars in the entire compound.

' This elderly couple were saying goodbye to someone. They came back to their car 35 minutes later and their car was clamped. There were only four cars in total in the two car parks in front of the terminal,' he said adding that it cost the couple €120 to have their vehicle released.

Describing the situation as 'disgraceful', Cllr. O'Brien said that the management of the port should be informed about the matter.

' That's not doing a lot for tourism,' he told a meeting of Wexford County Council on Monday.

Cllr. George Lawlor advised that anyone who is clamped in a private car park should ''cut the clamp off '.

' There is no legislation in this state that allows for private clampers,' he said.

This was a point technically challenged by Cllr. Malcolm Byrne who said that these car parks operated under licence.

However, Cllr. George Lawlor said that these clampers were technically depriving people of the use of their vehicles and there is no legislative provision for that in the State.

Wexford County Council agreed to write to Rosslare Europort management to ask that a refund be made to the individuals clamped in the instance outlined by Cllr. O'Brien.

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