Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Leicester: pandering to muslims again

Leicester was the first city to have traffic wardens, introduced by the Road Traffic Act in 1960. Their stated duty is to issue [penalty] tickets for parking offences; approved by some -for instance, for their role in clearing dangerous parking outside schools and discouraging "away-day" parkers from quiet residential streets, as well as those caught in a 'blitz' in September> -and disliked by others, those who have fallen foul of the law, or have appealed against a seemingly unfair penalty.

The law is the law; if you commit a parking offence, you'll get fined £30. This should apply to anyone, without fear or favour.

Which makes the following inexplicable; we have received a call from a very reliable source that traffic wardens have been told that they must not give parking tickets out to Eid worshippers, only warnings. Why not? How are they exempt from the law, or do the same exemptions apply to Christians over Christmas and Easter, or to Hindus during Diwali? No, it would appear that only muslims are above the law in this case.

We always suspected this was the case but it's nice to have it confirmed.

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