Dowling: Don’t break the rules if you don’t want a fine

Traffic wardens – or parking enforcement officers – are coming under physical attack and it has to stop says a leading member of East Sussex County Council (ESCC)

Following a peaceful April when not a single attack was recorded May saw four serious attacks reported including one that saw an officer being pushed to the ground.

Councillor Claire Dowling, lead member for transport and environment said: “We know that the majority of motorists treat parking enforcement officers with respect and appreciate that they have a job to do.

“Unfortunately, a minority of people believe it’s ok to verbally and physically assault officers who are trying to keep the county’s roads clear and safe, and that is just not acceptable.

“There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of behaviour. If you don’t want to be asked to move your vehicle or get a fine, don’t park in breach of clearly marked restrictions – it is that simple.”

ESCC has called on motorists to treat parking enforcement officers with respect as they go about their job in Rother, Hastings, Eastbourne and Lewes. A similar plea in January this year was followed by a significant reduction in incidents.

Civil enforcement officers play an important role in ensuring people park safely and sensibly, helping to reduce congestion and maintain traffic flow and access.

Information about parking restrictions in place across the county is available at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/parking

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