There are certainly some strong opinions out there when it comes to traffic wardens – but the positive aspects of their job, such as their contribution to keeping traffic moving, are rarely acknowledged.
Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast is an interesting case study in what would happen without traffic wardens, or civil enforcement officers (CEOs) as they’re now known. The Police have recently handed over the enforcement of parking infringements to the Council – however it will take up to one year for the Council to put the new CEOs in place. As a result, there is no one enforcing parking infringements in Aberystwyth.
What was originally thought of as a “motorist’s paradise”, however, has turned into more of a nightmare. It has been reported that friction and even punch-ups have arisen due to the free parking. One resident remarked, “I never thought I’d say it but I want the traffic wardens back!”. It seems that the citizens of Aberystwyth are longing for the peace and harmony provided by the good old familiar civil enforcement officer uniforms! The silent majority want to park without hassle and recognise the importance and value of civil enforcement officers.
Chamber of Commerce chair Chris Mackenzie-Grieve, recently added further food for thought: “It may seem great for motorists, but for traders, visitors and the disabled looking for parking spots it’s not a laughing matter.”
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