Calling police priorities into question

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 December, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 December, 1995, 12:00am

I WONDER if Chief Superintendent Eric Lockeyear would still claim (as he has on a number of occasions in these columns and on the radio) that motorists will not usually get a parking ticket unless they are parked on the pavement or causing an obstruction.

If he still thinks this is the case, I wish he would let the chaps at Tin Sum Police Station know about it. I'm sure he outranks them and will be able to get his point across.

For the past year, private motorists in Tai Wai have been the target of a campaign of cynical harassment. A comparison of year on year receipts from fixed penalty tickets will demonstrate the success of their revenue gathering. I received my latest ticket on Thursday, November 23 at 9.27pm. I was parked in a one-way street, and was not on a pavement or causing an obstruction because traffic was proceeding normally in the permitted direction.

My offence was defined as: parked other than in an authorised parking place (section 7 [1]). Considering the time of night, road conditions and the fact the constable was ticketing all private vehicles, it seems clear he was on a revenue gathering operation that had nothing to do with road or traffic management.

Meanwhile, four of the six apartments in my block have been burgled during the past six months, and I am aware of several other apartments in Sha Tin Heights Road which have also been burgled.

However, I am not aware of any arrests being made.

Presumably the manpower which could have been deployed to protect the public was too busy raising revenue for the Government, which it clearly does not need.

I believe a re-think of priorities is needed by the police in Sha Tin District.