December 20, 2012 Leave a comment
An accidental benefit of sorts gained from being irregular with your blogging is that I eventually respond to an article, having grown fed up with seeing the same article day after day and your misinformation unquestioned.
I refer to your three week-old post entitled “Stop Kidding us about the Spy Car Councillor Cox”.
I am not minded to defend Cllr Cox in particular, for as charming as he is he is still the political enemy. What I do not like is lazy assumptions and policies that will ultimately undermine the council’s ability to deliver for its people.
So, to your article: You produce evidence that indicates that the rate of parking notifications has changed markedly. I do not deny this. What I struggle with your assertion that this is because “the traffic penalty adjudicator James Richardson ruled the use of the vehicle to be out of line with government recommendations”.
This irks me, not least because you have no proof that this is the case. Whilst what you say could be true, so could the following
- The Spy Cars operated in fewer hours
- Motorists behaviour has modified
- The operators of the Spy Cars have responded to concerns over their application of commonsense
- Different routes were employed
- There were fewer vehicles on the road
I make no special claim for any of these; I only state that any have as much chance of being true. In fact, my money would be on a combination of factors.
I am not sure why the Spy Car being used to raise revenue is such a bad thing. The council has to find money and I cannot see why this could not come from stupid and irresponsible motorists. Ultimately, motorists who obey the law pay no fines.
As for targeting – again isn’t this to be commended? There are parking black spots in our town and to focus on these makes sense to me. I know that you, for instance, have requested that these vehicles visit places in your ward – isn’t this targeting?
I have no special knowledge of Shoeburyness but I have seen no evidence to back up your claim that Cllr Cox is “kidding” anyone. You may be opposed to the idea of enforcement by these vehicles, but you cannot deny that bad and irresponsible parking is both a hindrance and a hazard. Perhaps we should abandon all traffic enforcement in your ward – I suspect your ears would soon be burning if this was to happen.
Instead of scaremongering you should come up with good argument as to why your ward should be exempt from traffic rules that the rest of us have to obey.
As for your blogging in general – tell Bernard to pull his finger out!