We refer to the letters from Mr Ng Hang Chuan (‘Stealth booking not the way to go’, Sunday Times, 30 Sep), Mr Dave Yap (‘Is stealth booking the new norm?’, ST Interactive, 2 Oct) and Mr Syed Abdul Muneef (‘Private traffic wardens not right for the job’, ST, 2 Oct).
Certis Cisco has a comprehensive training programme to ensure that traffic wardens deployed for the Land Transport Authority’s enforcement action against illegal parking are equipped to carry out their duties professionally.
As a rule, our traffic wardens do not issue summons to vehicles they wave off. Where a vehicle is obstructing traffic or is illegally parked at a demerit points zone marked by zig-zag yellow lines, the warden will issue a notice of offence in all cases, and will hand the notice to the driver on the spot or leave it on the vehicle windscreen. There are occasions however, where the driver drives off even as the warden is in the process of booking and entering the offence into the system. In such cases, the notice is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.
We thank the writers for the opportunity to clarify.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations & Public Education
Land Transport Authority