Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Opportunists

We always knew it was true, but this confirms it:

Parting with the fine revenue from London's ban on overnight parking may be too stiff for city council.

A staff report received at council's environment and transportation committee last night says the city would lose upwards of $100,000 in fine revenue by doing away with the ban.

And the committee voted against lifting the 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. ban for July and August when staff said there would have to be cuts to other services or a tax hike to make up for the lost revenue.
It's nice to see that bylaws are upheld not for any principle of defending right and punishing wrong, nor even for considerations of safety or utility, but just for cold hard cash. Why suppose that any of the other hundreds or thousands of bylaws enforced by fines are motivated by any greater moral purpose?

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