Traffic wardens threatened

Dissident republicans are being blamed for threats made to traffic wardens in West Belfast. The traffic wardens have now been withdrawn but the Roads Service hope to resolve the situation as soon as possible. On the Nolan Show this morning a spokesperson for NCP stated that there were no No-go areas for traffic wardens in Northern Ireland.

  • billie-Joe Remarkable

    Ah, you say Traffic Wardens but these were highly TRAINED wardens. Some of them are leading and well-known wardens *and* they wear uniforms.

    I for one applaud this action and I’m only sorry that some of our fearless volunteers will have to take time out from shooting SAS men and reducing London to rubble to deal with the menace in our midst.

  • young fella

    I’m not condoning the threat but I would like to point out that they’re not traffic wardens. They’re NCP men.They have absolutely no responsibility for alleviating traffic problems. Perhaps they help by proxy to the road service but they’re sole function is to dole out tickets, which they do in the least understanding manner. This is different to the traffic warden, which we had for many years, who not only used a lot more discretion in parking situations but would actually direct traffic in a congested situation in town too.

  • billie-Joe Remarkable

    Young fella:

    Yer having a laff, shirley?

    Does it really matter to you who enforces the legislation? I can’t believe there was some golden age of law enforcement when everyone knew and loved these multi-tasking wardens. Otherwise, why have they been the butt of jokes and (not as funny) serious assaults for years? I’m guessing the switch to NCP staff to do the job is some penny-pinching privatisation move.

    I don’t know how “understanding” they are meant to be, given that we all feel our little dramas: school run, getting to work, heading to the airport or train station or simply wanting to park right outside any building we happen to be visiting is a national priority. As their boss said today their main concern is consistency. The selfishness of drivers means that they (wardens) will always get a hard time.

  • DaithÍ Ó

    Fantastic, finally a cause that unites the warring factions.

  • Blown In

    I’d have to agree with young fella here. While I also heartily condemn traffic wardens getting threatened by anyone, I think bringing NCP in was a bad idea.

    Many local authorities across the water have contracted companies such as NCP to replace or supplement police traffic wardens, and the focus is purely money saving and/or making (usally the latter). While nobody likes traffic wardens, most drivers concede that they’re a necessary evil, however the problem with these guys is that they’re often on commission and will ticket anything stationary for more than a second (including buses, mail vans etc).

    A good example is the difference between wardens in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The former are council employees, the latter are from a private company (except for some main roads) and the result is that Edinburgh drivers get ticketed more often, regardless of common sense, with more expensive fines.

  • billie-Joe Remarkable

    and the result is that Edinburgh drivers get ticketed more often, regardless of common sense, with more expensive fines.

    Good. They should use public transport in big cities. (But I’m sure in this instance they were all doctors racing to save people’s lives…)

  • Blown In

    You’re right Bille-Joe, we should be using public transport more, however that doesn’t mean that traffic wardens should be ticketing everything in sight in order to get bonuses or meet targets. I’m not saying that drivers who break the law should get away with it, rather that the people who are paid to prevent them should do so responsibly.

    I think this is espcially important in Northern Ireland with its poor excuse for an integrated public transport system.

  • young fella

    Mate, I cycle. Don’t talk to me about the selfishness of drivers. I’m really not referring to some “golden age”, for the fact I’m not that old. The only thing I’m drawing attention to is the way the line has been not so subtly blurred in the BBC report between traffic warden and a private contract “ticket-men”. Who applies the law DOES matter to me funnily enough. Frankly it should matter to everybody because I could wager that everyone in the country is breaking SOME law today, it would only take a commissioned wee gombeen sufficiently read in law to catch us. Consistency…..aye, like thats the motivation of a private company, and thats the reason tickets went up by thousands when the NCP was introduced.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    IRA/Sinn fein must be licking their lips here. The dissidents are making their the shinners transformation into democratic law-abiding politicians, far too easy. The trend started in Omagh 10 years ago.

  • Concerned Loyalist

    Dissident republicans are being blamed for threats made to traffic wardens in West Belfast…………………………………….

    I didn’t think these scumbags could go any lower, but they’ve proven me wrong. I, like every right-minded person on this planet, wish these criminal thugs would crawl up and die.

  • Pancho’s Horse

    Slack off, concerned loyalist. The wardens are not that bad.

  • willis

    young fella

    That’s what I don’t understand. When I’m on the bike I’m glad to see the boys and girls in red. Nothing clears parked taxis out of a bus lane like the NCP (Sounds a bit like RCMP, there’s a riff there.)

  • POL

    I didn’t think these scumbags could go any lower, but they’ve proven me wrong. I, like every right-minded person on this planet, wish these criminal thugs would crawl up and die.
    Posted by Concerned Loyalist on Aug 04, 2008 @ 09:46 PM

    But its ok to deal drugs, murder, run brothels, extort and be involved in child porn ( see Gary Fisher story in todays Irish news).

    If this had happened in a loyalist area CL AND UMH would be singing a different hymn.

    If im not mistaken NCP wardens are on a bonus driven salary so obviously they dont have the same mentality of wardens from a by gone era, tickets mean bonus so no room for sentimentality.