A new proposal by MK Nissan Slomiansky (Jewish Home) will exempt teachers from having to pay street parking charges in cities where they teach, even if they do not live there. At least half of teachers do not live in the cities where they work and they are forced to drive in order to get to work – and, parking on the street, have to keep an eye on the clock to ensure that they “feed the meter” in sufficient time to avoid getting a ticket.
That takes away from a teacher’s ability to concentrate on his or her work, according to Slomiansky – making his law a positive development for the educational system. “The situation is exacerbated by the fact that there are not enough teaching jobs for teachers in their own communities,” he said. “It’s absurd to expect teachers to pay out of pocket for parking This law will help make their jobs easier, and make them more effective in their work by removing a burden from their situation.”
Yossi Wasserman, chairperson of the Teachers Association union, called the law a “very important one for teachers who have to commute to their jobs. Travel is expensive, and they are only partially compensated for their costs, and parking costs come out of their own pocket. We thank MK Slomiansky for this important proposal.”