TRAFFIC-WARDENS AND TRAIN MANAGERS SHOULD NOT BE INCENTIVISED TO ISSUE PENALTY TICKETS

Their primary purpose should be to make traffic flow better, and so on. Not to increase their own revenue, or those of councils. This would concentrate them more on HELPING on the relevant issues of traffic flow and parking.  Instead of concentrating on raising revenue.

Any type of incentivisation (even indirect, which is sometimes the case) creates a Conflict of Interest.  For instance, when the issue of a ticket is marginal, instead of the Wardens deciding it on what is fair, they decide it on revenue, because their long-term income will be greater.If wardens were not incentivised, they would not issue tickets for some of the most outstandingly unfair cases, even though they are legalistically in the right. Some of the incentivisation may not be purely financial, but instead in the form of prizes, or of targets that they are obliged to meet in order not to be sacked.

The same should be true of train managers.  Recently there was the typical case of a train manager who successfully issued a penalty ticket to a passenger who had decided to get off the train at a the station prior to his original destination.

 
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