Motoring public angry that’s why: traffic wardens as punching bags
I wasn’t in the least surprised that some traffic wardens have become punching bags. I don’t condone such violence. However, the wrath directed at the traffic wardens is understandable.
Why do some members of the public take it out on the traffic wardens?
LTA has outsourced traffic enforcement to security firms. These traffic wardens I’ve witnessed many times are very inflexible and obsessed with issuing summonses.
They know the best time to book motorists for illegal parking. Whenever I spot them it’s always illegal parking that they are interested in.
Lunch and dinner hours are their favourite hunting times. They are focused on just one thing: issuing summonses.
Another favourite hunting time is at night when motorists think the traffic wardens are no longer on
duty. I’ve seen them even at 10 pm at such a remote place like Punggol Point, believe it or not.
I’ve seen them time and time again swooping down like vultures in Killiney Road, Sengkang (outside Compasspoint and Kopitiam opposite) and elsewhere. Even backlanes in Sin Min are not spared.
Once I saw how a van driver drove off on seeing a Traffic Warden but she whipped out a camera and snapped a picture of his vehicle. They even go after motorbikes parked on the grass verge or pavement outside coffee shops in Yishun and Sengkang.
Once they have issued a summons, they’d speed off, job done, money in the bag. This is why members of the public are fed up and angry.
This begs the question: why are they so hardworking when even the Traffic Police are rarely seen in
carrying out enforcement duties?
The security firms deny that there’s a quota. This may be true but its advertisement for traffic wardens lists profit sharing as one of the incentives of the job. I leave it to your imagination what this means.
What’s wrong with people dropping by at a shop to buy bread or a meal for the family as long as they don’t cause obstruction or inconvenience to other vehicles?
LTA has certainly hit on a brilliant scheme. Outsource traffic duties and be assured of a constant revenue stream.
When it comes to squeezing money from Singaporeans, the authorities can conjure up creative schemes to make money. Brilliant.
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