Tall vehicles present a dilemma for short traffic wardens

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 October, 2007, 12:00am

Why do transport officials allow onto Hong Kong roads vehicles that are so tall that vertically-challenged traffic wardens have difficulty enforcing the law? Here is an incident in which a reader has clearly taken advantage of this oversight.

'October 9 was the first cool day of autumn and it started so well as I walked for three hours on the hills with the dog - had a swim in a remote stream and another when I got home,' our reader wrote.

'When I went to the bank in the afternoon a traffic warden tried to give my Toyota Hilux a parking ticket, but she was so short she could not read the licence disc on the top of the windscreen. I offered to lift her up, but for some strange reason she declined.

'She insisted the licence must be where she could read it. I explained to her as gently as I could that when we had rewritten road traffic laws in 1971, we had not reckoned on traffic wardens being as short as she was! If we had we would have put it on the bumper! As it is, the law says the left-hand side of the windscreen - and that can be anywhere from directly behind the rearview mirror (where mine is) to the extreme left top to bottom! She was not very amused, and after telling me to put it where she could read it next time, she let me go! I still have a twitch in my back from leaning down to talk to her!'

The police have confirmed that, unlike police officers, there is no height restriction in hiring traffic wardens.