Singled out for parking ticket

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 November, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 November, 1997, 12:00am

I found myself in something of a rush one recent evening and could not find a metered parking place in Wan Chai for the proverbial love or money.

I therefore took advantage of the small lay-by opposite the end of Thomson Road which, as any regular visitor to the area will appreciate, is a popular haunt for taxis whose drivers take their breaks about this time (9.25pm).

This I considered a reasonable risk as I was only going to be a few minutes, thinking, 'if it's good enough for the taxi boys it's good enough for me'.

You may imagine I was less than amused to find a ticket on the windscreen upon my return. You probably cannot begin to imagine how I felt to realise that my (private) car was the only vehicle in possession of one and that the same taxis I had parked alongside and among were completely 'unadorned'.

I would appreciate some form of explanation from the police as to just how this could be. Could it possibly be an example of the much-referred-to but seemingly never-seen powers of discretion officers are said to possess? If so, I take exception to being considered more worthy of a ticket than a cabbie or anyone else.

There are of course other possibilities, far more disturbing, which I am sure do not apply here. However, all people are treated equally, I hear continually from official sources, and that must mean private motorists as well as the laughably termed 'professional drivers'.



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