A GROUP of Bexley Councillors have suggested a “slight increase in flexibility” would improve the public’s perception of traffic wardens.

Six councillors shadowed civil enforcement officers (CEOs) as they went about their foot patrol duties in the borough during April this year.

In a report to be put before the council on Wednesday evening, it is concluded CEOs hold “good relationships with local communities they work in” and are “very knowledgeable of their patch.”

One councillor who listened to complaints about CEOs effecting trade in their ward suggested traffic wardens should give motorists the benefit of the doubt more often.

Councillors also accompanied wardens in CCTV cars, where one said this method of enforcement could be seen as “cold and focussed on punishment” instead of as a way of improving parking.

It was also mentioned that CEOs should be more visible as they approach vehicles.