Jobsworth traffic warden tickets crashed taxi

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'10 minutes' grace' for parking

Traffic wardens aren't famed for their compassion or sense of reason, but one Manchester parking attendant has taken being a jobsworth to a new level after issuing a parking ticket to a taxi driver who'd just been involved in a crash.

Cabbie Mohammed Arif's vehicle was stranded on double yellow lines in Manchester city centre following an accident when he was approached by the warden, who began issuing a ticket.

Filming the incident, Mr Arif can be heard attempting to reason with her, repeatedly explaining that his car cannot be moved and that he is waiting for a recovery vehicle.

Displeased with being filmed, the parking attendant attempts to bat his phone away, before claiming that she herself has been assaulted – nearly resulting in the cabbie being attacked by an irate passer-by.

The camera then pans around to show the stricken taxi, which shows clearly visible signs of accident damage.

Siding with Mr Arif, a Manchester council spokesman said: "We have clear guidelines and our traffic wardens are instructed not to issue parking tickets in circumstances where motorists have been forced to park following road traffic accidents," Manchester Evening News writes.

"In this case, a ticket clearly should not have been given and if one was issued it will not be enforced."

The Manchester Evening News reports that since the video of the altercation went viral, the traffic warden has resigned from her position.