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Just the ticket: Kia's seven-seat Carens too cute even for traffic wardens

I'VE never been to Lincolnshire but it seems, just like the rest of us, that they don't like traffic wardens very much.

Wardens, or pre-clampers as I prefer to call them, are such an endangered species in the county that the local council has lost its entire army of traffic terrors.

Every one it has hired has now resigned, meaning that Lincolnshire traffic wardens are rather sensitive souls.

Well, it's actually a bit more serious than that.

For a group of people whose entire purpose of being (during the daylight hours) is to make our lives a living hell, they themselves are being menaced off the streets by – the psycho driver.

Threats to kill traffic wardens in this particular part of the world are so serious that the once-reviled clamper is now a figure of pity.

I have no problem with people not being nice to wardens; why should you be nice to someone whose entire daily existence is to try to do you as you go about your business?



Why should you have to smile at, or inquire into the general wellbeing of, someone who essentially wants to screw up our own daily existence?

Who are we to offer a big comforting arm around someone whose goal is to remove money from your pockets – and sometimes with great relish?

We've all heard of the poor goon who has dashed into the nearest shop to get change for the meter, only to return and find a uniformed oaf scribbling away on his or her electronic pad.

Of course, not every warden or clamper is an idiot; there are those who have some humanity in them once they pop on that usually badly sized uniform.

But no matter how much they irk us, upset us or interfere with our general frame of mind, we should probably draw the line at threatening to kill them.

The strange thing about the situation across the pond is that the council runs its traffic control 'service' at a loss every year, so you'd wonder what the point is in the first place.

Town councils and county councils on this side of the Irish Sea have now become so obsessed with gaining revenues from business people and shoppers that they are turning towns into no-go areas.

Newbridge in Co Kildare is notorious for wardens, where anyone who has jumped from a car to drop a package into a local business, only to return to a scribbling street enfo-rcer will testify.

The situation is so bad now that I and many like me who live in the surrounding countryside no longer bother with the main street and the place is dying on its feet – a situation replicated across the country. One piece of good business comes this week in the shape of the Kia Carens, which is one of the most significant family cars available, at a pretty astonishing price.

The Carens has just arrived in Ireland and, with a price of just over €25k, is one of the most complete carriers out there.

For a car with seven seats and a seven-year warranty, this is the answer to any growing families' needs, on a very agreeable budget.

It comes with an extremely economical 1.7-litre diesel engine and in three trim levels (TX, EX and Platinum).

Standard equipment for the entry level TX model includes alloy wheels, rear spoiler, LED daytime running lights, cornering lights, front and rear electric windows, steering mounted audio controls, and voice-activated Bluetooth.

The Kia Carens starts at €26,490.