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Lincolnshire traffic wardens under attack

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 07, 2013

Lincolnshire traffic wardens under attack
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Around 3,000 parking tickets were given to motorists in Lincolnshire each month during the first year of civil parking enforcement.

Meanwhile, traffic wardens have reported 33 incidents of assault or abuse to police since the scheme began.

New figures show enforcement officers have slapped 36,009 fines on windscreens since December 3 last year.

And drivers in Lincoln racked up almost half of all tickets, with 16,794 issued in the city.

The most common parking offences have been parking on double yellow lines and breaching waiting time limits.

Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for Highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "I am pleased with the impact it's had. Parking spaces are available in streets where it had been difficult to find a space in the past, and you don't see nearly as many inconsiderately parked cars blocking up pavements.

"I've spoken to lots of businesses and members of the public who've been really happy with how things have gone. However, the aggression and abuse that's directed against our parking officers is shameful.

"People who attack our staff just see a uniform and not a person. At the end of the day these people are employed to do a job and deserve to be treated with respect. Ultimately our aim is not to issue any tickets, but it's a never ending task of educating drivers and encouraging them to be more compliant with parking restrictions.

"We have a settled team and the service is running efficiently so we don't have plans to hire more officers."

It is expected the scheme will generate a surplus of around £50,000 which must be invested into local transport projects.

Motorist Rob Fletcher, 38, from Bracebridge Heath, said he's surprised at the number of tickets that have been issued.

"If they are issuing that amount of tickets there is obviously still a problem but I am surprised the numbers are that high. Before, it was a free for all but now the word is out there. Personally I don't see much illegal parking now."

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  • M62_Jack  |  December 14 2013, 2:55PM

    M62Jack - I don't have a problem with parking in Louth as we no longer bother. Being a blue badge holder we just go to Tesco and Pets at Home at Cleethorpes and have a stress free, no worry, free parking time...no probs...

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  • M62_Jack  |  December 14 2013, 2:55PM

    M62Jack - I don't have a problem with parking in Louth as we no longer bother. Being a blue badge holder we just go to Tesco and Pets at Home at Cleethorpes and have a stress free, no worry, free parking time...no probs...

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  • Pete67  |  December 09 2013, 7:58AM

    4caster - - - Sorry I forgot to ask in my last post. Was where you are now parking for the half hour restricted before they brought in the traffic wardens? If there wasn't then the people parking there would have been doing it quite legally. If there were restrictions why didn't any passing police officer put a report in and have the offending person/s in court? Also what will happen if you happen to go one minute over the half hour due to a big queue in one of the shops?

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  • Menshy  |  December 08 2013, 8:23PM

    Monkeynuts - you say "you are never going to attract intelligent people for a job such as this, only the dropouts/long term unemployed/scroungers". I think you missed van driver off the list.....

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  • Pete67  |  December 08 2013, 5:00PM

    4caster - 'stopping on double yellow lines is lawful to load or unload passengers or goods' - - - I'm sure all the people who have been fined for doing this will be glad to know. Also don't forget if you unload goods you must get them goods immediately off the pavement as you'll also get fined for littering. You remove them to where they're going and the traffic warden books you because he sees no unloading (or vice versa for loading). Catch 22! I reckon some would run out and book you even if you had to stop due to a traffic jam.

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  • 4caster  |  December 08 2013, 4:41PM

    I welcome the wardens in Louth. I can now find a space to park for half an hour to patronise a local shop or two, whereas those spaces were occupied by people parking all day when there were no wardens. If 'Monkeynuts' was away from his or her vehicle for nine minutes at a time, then by definition no loading or unloading was taking place. And 'Bluetac': stopping on double yellow lines is lawful to load or unload passengers or goods, but not where it would cause an obstruction, or where there are yellow kerb markings, pedestrian crossings, etc.

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  • Pete67  |  December 08 2013, 1:22PM

    Armyoldsweat - - - It's a pity I haven't driven for about 30 years.

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  • Armyoldsweat  |  December 08 2013, 10:48AM

    Sorry 'Pete67', in that case shut up and pay the fines. 'Monkeynuts' is a classic case.

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  • InsideStory  |  December 08 2013, 9:57AM

    "And drivers in Lincoln racked up almost half of all tickets, with 16,794 issued in the city." I bet not many of those tickets where issued on Burton Road because if they had less cars would be parked there illegally every day of the week . If you dont park illegally then you dont get a fine simple . The parking enforcement officers are doing a frigging good job .

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  • Pete67  |  December 08 2013, 8:08AM

    I suppose the traffic wardens must have a badge or something in their car that stops other traffic wardens booking them. I would have thought though the police would have booked the one in the picture as it's not only on double yellow lines, but also half on the pavement.

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