Swansea Council’s much loved mobile parking enforcement van has passed probation, had a chat with Unison and secured itself a new flexitime contract.
The van, often found loitering outside schools and bus stops, has served an unusually reliable and cash generative role in the Authority, so is now ready to reap the rewards.
Head of HR at the Council Theresa Connell said: “Robo-warden had a successful first year in the Authority, as everyone knows though, once you’ve been here a few months it’s virtually impossible to get fired.
“It was reported in the Evening Post that figures had dropped from 8,144 tickets to 4,903 and appeared to intimate that it was down to the van making illegal parkers think twice about parking on double yellows.
“It’s not that, it’s just realised it can do less work and still get paid.”
Van operator Pete Bowen added: “We cleaned up in our probation period, out all day, catching baddies. We were the dream team, at least that’s what we thought.
“We soon realised our hard work was being frowned upon, I wasn’t included in any work functions and robo-warden was shunned by all the other corporation vans in the depot.
“Since we toned it down a bit I’ve been included in the walking group at lunchtimes and Robo is now really good friends with the recycling vans. Everyone loves him now, like he’s Brum from kids TV show in the 80s.
“It’s all about working smarter, not harder. Or at least pushing yourself no harder than 50%.”