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Scots parking attendants targeted by angry motorists

Scottish parking wardens are suffering an epidemic of abuse from enraged motorists, including dog attacks, egg-throwing, spitting, and even water balloon ambushes, reports Amanda MacMillan at Deadline News. New figures show there were at least 1,240 serious verbal and physical attacks on parking attendants in the past five years. And the problem is getting worse – reaching almost 300 incidents last year.

The statistics from local councils show that since 2006, there have been at least 24 incidents where attendants were deliberately hit by cars, and another four where they were hit by car doors, 19 cases of cars being driven at wardens, 18 examples of drivers spitting at wardens, nine attacks with eggs, four deliberate dog attacks, and nine cases of hats being stolen. The information was released by Scottish councils under the Freedom of Information Act.

The body that represents parking warden firms last night condemned the “worrying” increase in attacks. A spokeswoman for the British Parking Association said, “There is never any excuse for aggressive or violent behavior toward them. We believe attendants should enjoy the same protection in law as police officers while undertaking their public duties. We have urged the Scottish Government to support this.”

Motorists’ organisation the AA also condemned the attacks. Paul Watters, head of roads policy at the AA, said: “There is absolutely no excuse for anything like this. They are only doing their jobs. Obviously there are some jobsworths out there but even a jobsworth should not be assaulted verbally or physically.”

March 4, 2011

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