Dozens of traffic wardens are attacked and abused
FIVE traffic wardens were injured and dozens more abused by motorists in Manchester over the last year.
Parking officers reported 54 incidents across the city, including attacks, damaged equipment and even an attempted bribe.
But the firm which provides wardens says abuse is falling due to their zerotolerance approach, and they will seek the ‘toughest penalties’ for offenders.
NSL Services employ 93 Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) across Manchester city council boundaries.
They have powers to issue fixed penalty tickets for parking offences, including parking on double yellow lines, in loading bays, restricted zones and disabled bays.
Our sister paper the M.E.N. revealed last month how the council is collecting almost £100,000 a day from parking in the city. That figure includes all income related to onstreet and off-street parking – including fees, sales and fines.
NSL say there were 54 incidents reported by their CEOs between January 2014 and January 2015 – down from 66 incidents two years ago.
The latest figures reveal that five traffic wardens were injured during their work across Manchester: l Dantzic Street, city centre: In June, last year, a CEO suffered a bruised head after being attacked. l Stockport Road, Longsight: In September, two wardens were assaulted. One suffered a bruised torso while the other was left with a strained wrist. l Radnor Street, Gorton: A CEO was left with lacerations to his head after an incident in October. l Oldham Road, city centre: Also in October, an enforcement officer suffered multiple strains to his body.
All injuries were classed as ‘minor’ but NSL bosses say they have zero-tolerence for any abuse.
Belinda Webb Blofeld, NSL spokesman, added: “All kinds of abuse are unacceptable and whenever this happens we always work closely with the police and the courts to push for the toughest penalties against those found guilty of it.”
Earlier this year, a warden working for Rochdale council managed to photograph a man who sexually assaulted her after a row over two cars parked in a loading bay.
Bartlomiej Piotr Szmydt, 24, of Drake Street in the-town, was jailed for six months over the assault and was ordered to comply with the sex offenders’ register for seven years.
There were more inci- dents in Manchester two years ago, compared with the latest figures.
The M.E.N. earlier revealed how between August 2012 and August 2013, there were 66 incidents – from attempted bribery to assault – across the city.
Of those reports, 48 were passed on to police for further investigation and some cases went before the courts.
The figures from 2013 to 2014 have not yet been made available.
A Manchester council spokesman said: “We never tolerate any kind of abuse – physical or verbal – against our staff or contractors.”
The council is now collecting £100,000 a day from parking, or nearly £15m a year – up from £12.5m in 2010, the year before it hiked city centre parking charges by up to a fifth.
It expects to collect £144,000 more from onstreet parking than previously forecast this year, according to a separate internal report.
Town hall chiefs say their plan for the cash is fully in line with government rules, as it will all be spent on roads and transport.
Dozens of traffic wardens have suffered abuse