The Sceptic Tank would like to ask its readers to take a moment to praise traffic wardens across the world for their efforts helping to build a more sustainable economy.
To mark The Tank's coming of age it was thrown the keys of a green car last week and invited to give it a spin and try out its latest eco gadgets for a few days. Keen to maintain our law-abiding reputation, we took a two-hour round-trip bus ride prior to delivery, to collect a £10 book of parking vouchers from the local council office.
Now, many people think traffic wardens are the lowest of the low, with more tricks up their sleeves to catch people out than Derren Brown and Paul Daniels combined.
Indeed, the Sceptic Tank could have got very angry when we returned to the hovel we call home last Friday night, to discover we had been slapped with a £120 parking fine by one eagle-eyed warden.
We could have got even angrier when considering that we had carefully displayed two council parking vouchers on the dashboard that morning, with the silver paint gently scratched off to mark the right times and date.
The Sceptic Tank could have really lost its rag when we realised not one council officer had told us we lived on a local authority boundary, that our vouchers only applied to 50 per cent of the street, and the offending parking space fell under the jurisdiction of the neighbouring council where the parking vouchers were invalid.
But instead we opted to keep toys firmly in pram and toasted the traffic wardens of the world for making the case for not owning a car more eloquently than a thousand green bloggers.
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