A Navan family business has appealed directly to Meath County Council for its new traffic wardens to show some more common sense when it comes to issuing parking tickets.
Jack Kiernan on Trimgate St said he feared the new wardens - part of a new trial service with Meath County Council - were "trigger happy with their machines."
"We at Jack Kiernan's wish to say a few words about the recent arrival of the traffic wardens on the streets of Navan. They are out too early in the morning and too late in the evening giving tickets.
"We would ask them to have a common sense a approach to our customers to allow them 10 to 15 mins Grace and not be so trigger happy with their machines. We don't want to lose out to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre and Ashbourne...thank you Jack and Louise.
A spokesperson for Meath County Council said ParkRite Ltd was awarded a temporary contract to run the parking system, which commenced on the 1st February.
"As well as the enforcement role of a traffic warden service, ParkRite will assist the Council in other ways by carrying tourist information and interacting positively with the traders and other stakeholders. They will also report to Meath County Council staff any requests/queries received, and report issues with street furniture, signs and road markings.
"One of the main reasons for maintaining a traffic warden service in the town of Navan is to ensure adequate turnover rates in the core town centre, enabling customers to have reasonable access to businesses within the town. This service can also have the added benefit of reducing the number of vehicles parking in dangerous positions, disabled spaces and loading bays, so that the traffic can flow unhindered throughout the town.
"The wardens will initially be issuing warning notices to illegally parked cars in problem spots, including disabled spaces and loading bays, in tandem with the enforcement of the pay and display aspect of the byelaws. The traffic wardens will also be introducing themselves to local schools within the byelaw area. They will work with the schools to achieve a balance in regard to traffic flow and parking around schools, to maximise the safety of the children."