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27/05/04
Traffic Wardens Told to 'Play it by the Book'
- Softly, softly approach to be tried in Central London

WESTMINSTER COUNCIL aims to rein in traffic wardens whose ticket-happy approach to their job has caused fury from motorists.

"They have been told to play it by the book," said a spokesperson for the council. "They have been told in no uncertain terms that existing protocols should be abided by and we hope this approach will make it fairer."

The statement is being seen as a tacit admission that some off the tactics
employed by parking attendants have been beyond the pale. Tales are legion of cars being ticketed while their owners queue for parking meter, of delivery vans being slapped with fines when offloading goods and even of
Royal mail vans being stung while collecting post bags from post boxes. "We are delighted that parking authorities now appear to be listening to the needs of Londoners," said Edmund King of the RAC.

It is believed meter maids and masters will now give motorists a two minute period over their stated ticket time to move away, while delivery vehicles will get a twenty minute spell in which to do their jobs.

One motorist we spoke to believed he had already seen the benefit of the new approach. "I was a minute over the time and as usual I tried to get the guy handing out the ticket to let me off," said Poran Malani. "I was amazed when he he didn't say something like, 'I've already sent it down the line, mate'
and actually cancelled the fine."




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