Wednesday, June 1, 2005

What amounts to progress in London

Has government ever created a solution to a problem that failed to create new problems? Should we therefore trust London city council to create a solution to a problem they created in the first place? According to the London Free Press, there's a new proposal to solve London's illegal parking woes — having private lot owners issue tickets. If they left everything as was, nothing new would be required — as it is, we must pay for staff reports and consultants to come up with something new all the time to justify council's existence.

Earlier this year, business owners complained they weren't able to hire towing companies to remove illegally parked vehicles. Towing companies said it's not worth it to yank vehicles from private property because under London's bylaw, drivers are allowed to demand back impounded vehicles for free.

That led to widespread abuse by motorists, who began parking in lots owned by residential highrises, schools, churches, professional offices and privately-run parking lots.

Staff recommended pre-printed tickets be issued to private lot owners, who would also have to pay $500 for training. Some committee members raised concern about the training cost, but staff said it's needed to ensure private owners don't abuse the new system.
Private property owners have to pay $500 not to abuse the system? Get rid of the system — it wasn't the private property owners who asked for it in the first place. What incentive do private property owners have to abuse towing or ticketing of offenders? They do not want to annoy their customers/patrons/residents — the natural inclination of protective property owners is only to punish abusers of their property, not the people with whom they derive mutual profitable exchange. On the other hand, the debasement of the rights of private property owners to protect their property is naturally an incentive for non-owners to take advantage of the privilege to take what is not lawfully theirs.