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An investigation has been launched after it was claimed a parking warden was officious and rude to a young mum who had parked on a yellow line in Hawes.
It is alleged the traffic warden told the woman “you should read the highway code” and asked her “have you passed your test or what?”, despite her being polite at all times.
The traffic warden was challenged about his attitude by shop keeper Kevin Tasker, but he denied doing anything wrong and instead began filming Mr Tasker claiming he was being aggressive – a claim rejected by the business owner.
The incident comes as enforcement officers have been accused of taking on “soft targets” while ignoring bikers parking illegally in the town on pavements and on yellow lines.
The complaint has been taken up by John Blackie, chair of Hawes and High Abbotside Parish Council.
He said: “Rather than being surly to a young local mother in Hawes, and duplicitous when challenged, I am sure the parish council would like me to ask on its behalf that the parking enforcement officers be prepared to book motor-cyclists who park on double yellow lines in the Main Street, trail bikes that park across the pedestrian pavement at The Penny Garth Café, and cars and minibuses that park on the pavement by the youth hostel in Hawes.
“All of these issues have been raised at the Parish Council time and again, and yet I am unaware of any booking of an offender at these locations.
“Instead the parking enforcement officers have either been officious to, or booked, much softer targets.”
It is claimed the woman had only parked on the yellow line for a short time.
Mr Tasker branded the parking warden’s attitude as “disgraceful” and questioned whether he would have spoken to a man in the same way.
A North Yorkshire County Council spokesman said: “Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) carries out on-street Civil Parking Enforcement in Richmondshire on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council and is the employer of the Parking Enforcement Officer concerned.
“SBC has confirmed it is investigating the alleged incident in Hawes and will inform the County Council of the outcome in due course.’’
Cllr Blackie said the incident is a symptom of a wider problem of police and traffic wardens not taking the problem of illegal parking seriously in Hawes.
An issue with motorists parking on the pavement outside the town’s youth hostel already been identified.