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VIDEO: "That's my boss's car" - Swansea traffic warden refuses to ticket a car parked on double yellow lines

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 24, 2014

  • One of the traffic wardens featured in the video filmed by Steve McMillan in Swansea.

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A MAN who describes himself as a deputy parking services boss has been filmed being allowed to park on double yellow lines by traffic wardens in Swansea Marina.

In two short videos, member of the public Steve McMillan filmed himself speaking to a traffic warden about why he had allowed a car to be parked for more than five minutes on double yellow lines opposite Swansea Museum.

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Mr McMillan keeps pressing as to why the car has not been given a penalty ticket, at which point the warden starts talking about his “discretion”, but when asked “what discretion?”, he replies: “That’s for me to know”.

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  • ManicRuss  |  May 26 2014, 7:45AM

    It shouldn't make a difference who the guy recording this is. If he's parked illegally in the past and had a ticket for it then he deserves and what he does for a living is irrelevant. Whereas parking does need to be controlled in Swansea, the fact that the warden was very cagey about why he was giving his boss' car "discretion" speaks volumes in my opinion. I think he knew how bad it would sound so he hoped his 'explanation' would shut the guy up. If he'd been open about it as the first opportunity he would have come across as far more professional, instead he seemed to have a "tough brown-stuff son, I don't have to tell you anything" attitude and in my opinion that's where the problem is with Swansea's parking enforcers, many of them have a very bad attitude. I understand they need to have tough skin from the unwarranted abuse they probably get from people who park illegally but when they themselves are in the wrong or are dealing with a legitimate enquiry as in the clips above, they need to be transparent with answers and realise as part of the council (or contracted to them) they serve the public, not the other way around. As for the guy recording all this, if it happens in a public place (as this did) then it is not illegal to record or photograph anyone or anything.

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  • jamesuk2011  |  May 25 2014, 8:25PM

    This is is a joke I wrote to the evening post 6 months ago with photo evidence of council vehicles breaking the rules and they went on the offensive and stuck up for the council because mr a hole chief executive has column in the paper now we see a video with clear undisputable evidence. Suck it up evening post.

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  • charioteer17  |  May 25 2014, 4:23PM

    williamwaun "Wake up and smell the coffee." What! are they now selling coffee to make money?? Disgraceful

  • lordcharles  |  May 25 2014, 2:06PM

    5 minutes leeway for observation, that,s strange, my daughter had a ticket and the time of observation was just 1 minute! She was there longer but paid up as she was in the wrong and respects the law, however, when you have such a blatant flouting of the law, she will reconsider the next time, I'm sure! Again this instance shows the attitude of one rule for us another for them!

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  • williamwaun  |  May 25 2014, 2:04PM

    I warned you people about voting Labour into the council, they put you council tax up 5% and now looking of other ways of getting money in for them to have pay rise. Wake up and smell the coffee.

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  • Imnotkeith  |  May 25 2014, 9:08AM

    This is nothing new, if you are in the city centre regularly, you see the same cars parked outside the same businesses day in day out. Makes you think how they get away with it !!

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  • Philosoraptor  |  May 24 2014, 9:16PM

    Sack the warden, sack his boss. The warden doesn't need legal advice as he made his intention very clear to bend the rules as he saw fit. I am disgusted I am paying their wages, I don't want my tax contributions paying their way.

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  • bigapplebob  |  May 24 2014, 9:16PM

    when i worked for the council i was given a ticket for parking on yellow lines in a council van my fault my offence i payed did nt expect anyone else to sought it out for me people who work for the council know that if they park on yellow lines they get a ticket they must pay it themselves the guy with the camera is showing the public how incompetent the deputy manager steve sheriff is he stood there and watched as his ceo was put in this awkward position because he was his boss and to lazy to find a legal place to park he manager of carparks there is a carpark 100 yards down the road to far perhaps then he probably drove all the way from civic centre and the taxpayer is paying his milage his job is to stop or penalise people for parking on yellows not join in the ceo didn't do him self any favours asking the camera man his name and address thought he was a police man him and his manager should of handled the situation a lot better than that no people skills no training you cannot issue a ticket to one of the cars committing the offence in the street you have to do them all this is not the first time the carpark management have been breaking rules to suit them selves perhaps they should spray the offenders cars red and ticket them the next day like they do with dog fouling council is a laughing stock

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  • nice_nails  |  May 24 2014, 2:33PM

    This is not a case of the traffic warden abusing his power,. infact quite the opposite, his boss has abused his power by intimidating the traffic warden, I'm your boss and i'm illegally parking here, what are you going to do about it??. The boss needs to resign and the traffic warden needs to seek legal advice immediately. No employee should be put under this amount of duress whilst trying to execute their duties. Shameful behavior by those in charge, name and shame please EP there's a proper story here.

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  • NewYearGirl  |  May 24 2014, 12:35PM

    It was obviously a case of the traffic warden "turning a blind eye" & allowing his boss to break the rules that they make, it was "don't do as I do, do as I say". The abuse of power is amazing. Some months ago a council again came & parked his car in a resident's parking area as he regularly did to pop around to Woodfield st to get some things to eat, had he tidily parked the council van it is possible he would have got away with it but he took up two spaces by parking in the centre so when he came back I told him it was abuse of power & that I understand council vehicles are tracked to which he said yes they were, apologised & moved off, abuse of power is disgusting laws are for everybody not a few

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