FOOTAGE of an enraged motorist abusing a Toowoomba parking inspector has shed light on the behaviour faced by the council officers.
The CBD incident, recorded on a body camera carried by the inspector, showed a man lose his temper and push the inspector.
It was recorded at the intersection of Silverwood St and Donation Lane about 10.30am on April 4, 2013.
A man was asked to move his illegally parked vehicle which he did while verbally abusing the inspector.
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This was despite being warned that he was being recorded.
The man moved his car, but only a short distance, parking on the footpath.
"You'll get a ticket there too," the inspector said.
However, the man did not move the ute, instead calling the inspector a "dog" and going into a nearby business.
Footage then showed the parking inspector issuing a ticket and placing it under the windscreen wiper of the man's ute.
The man returned after the ticket was placed on his ute, abusing the parking inspector for touching his vehicle.
He then pushed the parking inspector and hurled more abuse before walking away.
Mayor Paul Antonio said the footage vindicated the decision to add the cameras to officers' uniforms.
"Being a parking inspector is not the easiest job in town," Cr Antonio said.
"I have heard of instances of significant verbal abuse of our people and I don't particularly like that.
"Our people have got a job to do and they do it and they do it well."
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Cr Antonio said it was important that illegal parkers were given notice for their infringements.
"It is about fairness and equity and it is about parking for a limited time."
He said work was being done to ease parking difficulties.
"We've got some very broad plans for parking in Toowoomba and given time, it will get a lot better."
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