Violence against parking wardens
Violent attacks on‘blue meanies’have increased in the last year in South Lanarkshire leading to calls for calm from the local authority.
Shocking information, released from South Lanarkshire Council, has revealed that parking attendants have been subjected to some appalling behaviour from the public while carrying out their duty ensuring motorists park responsibly.
Incidents across the area have included wardens being spat on, punched, being racially abused, having their head banged against railings and even having vehicles driven at them.
In the past year there have been eight separate incidents recorded by parking attendants that have been particularly distressing.
One was in East Kilbride, three were in Hamilton and four in the Rutherglen and Cambuslang area.
South Lanarkshire parking attendants have been wearing CCTV cameras since 2012 as a deterrent to attacks, but not only are assaults continuing, they are becoming more severe.
Councillor John Anderson, chair of community and enterprise resources, said:“Parking attendants are merely enforcing legislation that is set up to ensure that motorists do not park in a way that disadvantages or is unfair to other drivers or pedestrians, so although verbal abuse – including screaming in the faces of people – is fairly longstanding, it is still completely unacceptable and would not be tolerated by people in any other line of work.
“What is even more worrying now, is that physical assaults are becoming more common.
“When parking attendants are being placed in situations where they are at risk of injury or their lives are threatened, we have reached a sickening level.
“The numbers are irrelevant – even one incident of this type is one too many and it is something that is completely unacceptable.
“We refer all such incidents to Police Scotland and I would appeal to anyone who does witness assaults against our staff to step forward and help us get the evidence needed to stop this type of incident from occurring again.”
Angry Councillor Anderson has asked for public’s help