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Traffic wardens parking on yellow lines accused of double standards

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

By Rachel Moses-Lloyd / rachel.moses@swwmedia.co.uk / @racheljanemoses

A traffic warden parked   on double yellow lines  at Briton Ferry Road, Neath at 2pm Sunday.

A traffic warden parked on double yellow lines at Briton Ferry Road, Neath at 2pm Sunday.

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TRAFFIC wardens have been accused of double standards by an Evening Post reader, who sent this picture in over the weekend.

Del Hastings sent an email to the newsdesk, with the subject line 'double standards', and two photographs of this Neath Port Talbot Council traffic warden parking on double yellow lines on Briton Ferry Road on Sunday.

But council chiefs have moved to defend the photo, saying their wardens — along with those in local authorities across the country — have special dispensation to park in areas where such traffic orders are heavily in place.

Mr Hastings said the photograph was taken at around 2pm on Sunday, and the warden was booking others parked on the lines.

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Bethan Jenkins, South Wales West AM, whose constituency office is situated along Briton Ferry Road, and is visible in the background of this photo, said: "Anyone who lives, works or travels along this road will know that it is incredibly busy for much of the day and evening, as one of the main routes in and out of Neath.

"The reason that yellow lines are put onto roads — particularly double yellow lines — is because if a car parks along such a road, it creates a traffic hazard.

"It is all very well for Neath Port Talbot to say its wardens are an exception, but it doesn't change the fact that they are also contributing to the risk.

"In addition, saying 'because we can' is only going to cause resentment among rate payers and particularly among local residents, who know there are plenty of spaces down side roads during the day where wardens can park and walk to where they need to go."

A council spokesman said: "Traffic regulation orders often contain exemptions to permit particular operations to take place effectively, such as construction, emergency services and parking enforcement.

"Wherever practicable civil enforcement officers will park in a nearby position, which does not require the use of these exemptions, but when this is not possible the dispensation allows them to conduct their business in a timely and cost-effective manner."

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  • missbuffay  |  May 08 2014, 12:17PM

    I'm sorry, but are the Council trying to compare a traffic warden to an emergency service?! The parking enforcement in NPT is becoming a joke - where are any of the traffic wardens when parents are parking on double yellow lines outside schools to drop their children off? I know Alderman Davies School in Neath Town Centre regularly sends letters to parents asking them not to stop outside the school gates as it's not only illegal but causes a backlog of traffic that have to drive down Water Street to get to the carparks.

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  • lordcharles  |  May 07 2014, 8:27PM

    What the council spokesman really meant was ' up yours we can do what we want!'

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  • swanseagraham  |  May 07 2014, 6:15PM

    The car behind could be moving and about to go around the warden, you can't say for sure from a still photo. I still think that the warden should NOT have parked there, he is clearly taking up most of one side of a busy road and is a hazard to other drivers and there are plenty of side streets around there to park sensibly. Lazy warden?

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  May 07 2014, 4:24PM

    Is that car behind the van parked on the pedestrian crossing prohibition zone?

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  • Uncle_Bryn  |  May 07 2014, 4:22PM

    I think this warden is well justified to stop on double yellow lines because you can see a car in the background parked on zig zags which means there is a crossing and it is parked dangerously, 3 points if a police car came along.

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  • abertawejack  |  May 07 2014, 4:03PM

    When one is above the law,then what is the point of law I ask? To break the law simply to enforce the law, is overly hypocritical to say the least. Big brother needs to get his act together because this parking official has broken the law, as any good Lawyer could argue this fact, otherwise it will be a case of: Don't do what I do but do what I tell you. Anyone caught between the time that this van was parked there and removed, should be innocent and all parking fines revoked, immaterial what this council department voices.

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