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.
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."