I am composing a Victor Meldrew type rant to my local paper about the tacky absurdity of hanging advertising banners from lamp posts to raise revenue for the council (their genuine proposed policy). I was wondering if those funnier than myself (ie most of you) could come up with any other totally inappropriate alternatives for the Local Authority to get cash that I can shamelessly weave into the letter? Many thanks (should anyone respond).
absurd ways for councils to raise revenue
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Had an accident while looking at this banner when driving, well sue the council.
Councils could save loads of money just by switching off the lights. if they put up twice the number of lamp posts then not turn them on they could save double the amount.
One clever money scheme used by Kingston Council involves nebulously worded parking signs, hidden in discrete places, backed up with a flying squad of traffic wardens who arrive on scooters and dish out tickets.
They've got a car with a massive camera on it, that hovers outside schools at dropping off and picking up time. That's another great revenue generator.
Also, creating traffic jams, then tempting drivers with an escape path, that involves crossing the bus lane. They've got a camera stationed to catch anyone who crosses over and gets it wrong by a yard and ventures into the penalty area.
I reckon they should take these schemes further and create much more elaborate stings.
They should get, say, actors to lie in the street, pretending to be ill. When someone stops and tries to help, a crack team of Climate Change Executives (AKA traffic Wardens) leaps out from their cover and tows their car off to the pound.
Well, in the US, a politician was caught sending a picture of his rock-hard Member of Congress to a young woman via Twitter. There could be money in something like that. No lie, his name is A(nthony) Weiner.
Good stuff. Thanks. Some great ideas.
They could do what is done in Southampton: Have a disabled parking bay and then, on the sign, well away from where anyone disabled could get to it, put a smallprint caveat that says the car must be displaying an exempt tax disc as well as a blue badge. Then you can fine anyone driving a partner to, say, the cancer ward. Bastards!
Another way might be to get Durex to sponsor the "Stop Children" lolipop signs.
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