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World without traffic wardens would be a nightmare: Opinion
TRAFFIC wardens – they are the jobsworths we all love to hate.
That scene in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels where poor Rob Brydon’s character gets beaten up in the back of a van just about sums up the national mood when it comes to civil enforcement officers, as they are officially known.
News Shopper has done its fair share of stories in which they do not exactly come across in the best light – we’ve had wardens accused of attacking people with their ticket machines, “hunting in packs” to catch out unwitting festival-goers and slapping tickets on coaches carrying disabled travellers.
Of course no-one likes coming back to their vehicle and finding a nasty black and yellow pouch taped to it with that horrible slip of paper inside. But imagine a world without traffic wardens – a nightmare alternative universe with cars parked on roundabouts, sprawled across pavements and clogging up car parks.
We get piles of emails from people complaining about parking tickets, some of which are justified but many of which you just want to write back telling whoever sent it to take it on the chin. You feel like telling them to take responsibility for what happened and asking what did they expect for parking their car where they shouldn’t?
Cash-strapped councils see parking tickets as one way they can claw back revenue taken away by central government and it’s the poor traffic warden who ends up on the frontline.
Nowadays you get as little as two minutes’ grace from a warden after he’s first spotted your car incorrectly parked or without a ticket when they might have been inclined to be more lenient in the past.
There is no excuse for the kind of abuse they frequently get just for doing their jobs, most of it along the clichéd line of “haven’t you got anything better to do?”
Yes they can be defensive when confronted but wouldn’t you be if your parentage – and much more besides – was questioned on a daily basis by irate strangers who always think they are the exception to parking rules?
So in the spirit of solidarity between two unpopular professions, journalists and civil enforcement officers, let’s hear it for traffic wardens and pledge that next time we get a ticket after just popping to the shops for two minutes, we’ll smile at the man with the machine and say: “Thank you for making me a better person.”
Coming soon- 95-year-old war hero collapses and dies after being wrongly ticketed by heartless warden.
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