Wheels in motion for new parking sign

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A parking sign designed by ‘young social innovators’ for people with non-physical disabilities is to be introduced in Buncrana with plans to roll it out county wide.

The logo was launched by a group of transition years students at Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana who have been raising awareness about disability.

As well as the logo, the group also launched a leaflet, showing the correct terms and etiquette to use when referring to disability or talking to someone who had a disability.

The students introduced the parking sign as the current one in place only relates to those with physical disability and they believed that all disabilities should be treated with equality.

At the recent Inishowen Muncipal District meeting, Councillor John Ryan said it had been agreed to paint one of the parking logos in a space at Scoil Mhuire initially.

He previously raised the issue at the County Council meeting in Lifford, at which it received strong support.

The Council is currently examining how the spaces could be introduced by either introduction of a new bye law or changes to the existing legislation.

The Council will write to the Department of Transport to seek their views and look at the possibility of rolling it out as a pilot scheme.

The idea will now be put to the Council’s Roads and Transportation SPC for review.

Councillor Ryan said: “These are going to start popping up in a few places and we’re hoping to extend them countywide.”