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L-plate traffic warden parks on zigzag... to 'ticket' van doing same

PUBLISHED: 19:36 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:06 05 October 2010

'Learner' parking warden snapped parking on zigzag

'Learner' parking warden snapped parking on zigzag

THE Town Hall is employing parking wardens to enforce the Highway Code... who have never passed the Highway Code test themselves, the Advertiser has discovered. Tower Hamlets council currently uses eight 'L-plate' wardens who hold provisional motorbike licences

EXCLUSIVE by Ted Jeory

THE Town Hall is employing parking wardens to enforce the Highway Code... but who have never passed the Highway Code test themselves, the Advertiser has discovered.

Tower Hamlets council currently uses eight 'L-plate' wardens to scour the East End, who only hold provisional motorbike licences.

They have all passed their 'compulsory basic training', but never proved they know the Highway Code.

Among the Highway Code's parking rules is:

"You must not wait or park where there are restrictions shown by... school entrance markings on the carriageway."

But a council warden was doing just that on February 27 when he rushed to slap a penalty ticket on a van which had parked on the 'Keep Clear' zigzags outside George Green's school on the Isle of Dogs.

The warden parked his own motorbike on the same yellow markings when he was spotted by Advertiser reader Gary Simmonds.

Gary has now written to the Town Hall telling them: "I find this extremely two-faced and feel your parking attendants should be setting an example to others and not abusing their position.

"He's hardly going to give himself a ticket, is he?"

There was plenty of space to leave the bike legally, Gary found.

"That makes the warden no better a motorist than the inconsiderate driver who parked on the zigzag lines," he added.

An Advertiser reporter then called the council's parking warden department posing as a potential job applicant, to be told the minimum requirement for the post was "basic English and Maths" and a "provisional licence."

Of the 45-strong army of wardens currently employed by the council, nine use motorbikes. One has a full motorcycle licence, while the other eight have provisional licences.

A council spokeswoman referring to the incident outside George Green's school said: "To enable Parking Attendants to carry out their role most effectively, they are exempt from parking regulations while on duty.

"However, they are required to park legally and considerately wherever possible."

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Have you spotted parking wardens flouting parking regulations or the Highway Code? Drop a line to the Advertiser news team with any evidence you have.

ela.editorial@archant.co.uk

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