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No excuse for traffic warden abuse; DAILY POST OUR VIEW.

WHAT another depressing sign of the times it is to learn of the rising number of attacks on traffic wardens across North Wales.

Figures of this kind hold a mirror up to the sort of society we are living in. It isn't always a very pretty picture. It is further evidence of the bad-tempered society Britain seems intent on becoming.

Currently, there is a haven for motorists who don't like traffic wardens - Aberystwyth. Anyone who thinks the world would be a better place without them might like to go down there and try driving around the town. Motorists can currently park anywhere without fear of a ticket. This is due to a year-long gap prior to the takeover of traffic warden services by Ceredigion Council from police.

It is proving an interesting experiment into whether motorists can be trusted to behave sensibly and not abuse their new-found freedom. By all accounts, it isn't working. The situation has often descended into utter chaos, causing more ill-feeling than before.

Motorists regularly do as they please, including leaving their cars parked blatantly on double yellow lines and often blocking important access points for delivery vehicles. Let us hope no emergency vehicles are inconvenienced in a similar way.

Interestingly, traders - the very people who usually complain about parking charges - are among the most vocal in Aberystwyth about how this free-for-all is adversely affecting trade.

Human nature being what it is, we can probably conclude that traffic wardens are necessary and that beneath the cap and uniform are human beings carrying out a difficult and stressful job.

No doubt there are some who are overzealous and unfair, but the majority are upholding a system which wouldn't work without them. They do not deserve to be set upon by drivers upset at being punished for their selfish behaviour.

Fitting wardens with head-cams is a good idea - it will help police bring prosecutions against the road rage brigade, landing them with far more than just a fixed penalty to pay.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Jul 11, 2011
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