Feb 22 2013 by Craig Robertson, Kilmarnock Standard
A traffic warden is facing disciplinary action – for not giving out enough tickets.
The worker will be hauled before a hearing today (Thursday) over claims the number of fines dished out is much lower than other staff.
Documents relating to the case outline that the charges against the individual include “excessive differences in the amount of tickets issued in comparison with other members of the team”.
A council insider said: “This individual’s ticket count has been much less than others.
“The hearing will be questioning the methods and practices used by this person in issuing tickets and whether they are being too leniant.”
Questions are now being asked if the action means wardens are being set targets.
Maureen McKay, the leader of East Ayrshire Council’s Labour group, said: “When this service was brought in it was my expectation that there were to be no targets.
“It was about enforcing the law and ensuring the traffic can run freely.
“The idea that there are targets is something I would not be supporting.
“We were told the cost of this would allow the service to break even and would not be a way of generating revenue for the council.”
Kilmarnock’s new parking service was introduced in July in a bid to end the free-for-all which existed before.
According to the local authority the total revenue collected from penalty charge notices issued so far in 2012/13 is £127,033.
Bosses denied the disciplinary proceedings mean wardens are set targets.
A spokeswoman said: “Due to employee confidentiality the council does not comment in any way on employment matters, including disciplinary processes.
“However, the council can confirm that there is no target set for parking attendants.
“Operational arrangements ensure that a level of service is maintained by all parking attendants and each individual’s activity is assessed against the overall level of service provided.”