Parking wardens on Segways? They’re already too fat

Parking wardens on Segways? They’re already too fat

Today the Herald is reporting that the Auckland City Council is trialling Segways for its parking wardens. John Banks thinks this is a ridiculous waste of public money, and a danger to people on the footpath. I’d have to agree. I very rarely see fit and lithe parking wardens. I’d say that the majority of them have at least a little pot belly (and possibly some excess fat around the heart); some of them weigh twice as much as a Mitsubishi i-car. So, make them walk. It would irk me even more if I saw a tubby parking warden on a Segway. “Get some exercise you lazy cretin,” I would yell at him.

Also, I don’t see how this fits in with the council’s green initiatives. A $12,000 Segway has to be imported (‘Segway miles’) because it’s made overseas. It also then has to be maintained and charged. A walking parking warden just needs a pair of shoes and a few extra calories.

What I do see is the potential for the wardens to get around more cars and therefore issue more tickets – that will be the reason driving this. And also I can see some benefits of visibility. It’s pretty unsexy to be a parking warden, but if you’re a parking warden on a Segway you may have more chance of scoring, if you don’t die of obesity-related illnesses first.

Today the Herald is reporting that the Auckland City Council is trialling Segways for its parking wardens. John Banks thinks this is a ridiculous waste of public money, and a danger to people on the footpath. I’d have to agree. I very rarely see fit and lithe parking wardens. I’d say that the majority of them have at least a little pot belly (and possibly some excess fat around the heart); some of them weigh twice as much as a Mitsubishi i-car. So, make them walk. It would irk me even more if I saw a tubby parking warden on a Segway. “Get some exercise you lazy cretin,” I would yell at him.

Also, I don’t see how this fits in with the council’s green initiatives. A $12,000 Segway has to be imported (‘Segway miles’) because it’s made overseas. It also then has to be maintained and charged. A walking parking warden just needs a pair of shoes and a few extra calories.

What I do see is the potential for the wardens to get around more cars and therefore issue more tickets – that will be the reason driving this. And also I can see some benefits of visibility. It’s pretty unsexy to be a parking warden, but if you’re a parking warden on a Segway you may have more chance of scoring, if you don’t die of obesity-related illnesses first.

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