Cobh Municipality the First in the Country to Introduce Motorhome Byelaws

By Seamus Whelehan

Motorhomes parked at Cobh's five foot way where new regulations are set to come into play

Cobh Municipality have become the first district in the republic to introduce byelaws allowing overnight motor home parking.
At a meeting on Tuesday 11 April, the borough agreed to ratify the byelaw, which applies to motorhomes parked at the five-foot way.
The byelaw was suggested by Councillors in 2015 following frequent problems with motorhomes in the area. Some councillors had described parking on the site like a scene from the “the wild west” at certain times of the year.
Last year the local Authority referred the regulations to the Authorities Senior Council, following a threat of legal action by some camping and caravanning parks, who claimed the move was anti-competitive and in breach of the Road Traffic Act.
Municipality Executive Officer Padraig Lynch told the sitting he was confident the council had legal authority to introduce the byelaws.
He said Cllrs had three options to introduce the regulations as is, do nothing and leave the current situation prevail or install a barrier similar to those on a multi-storey car park.

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