What does a Traffic Warden do?
Traffic wardens are responsible for making sure that traffic and
parking laws and regulations are observed.
the use of parking meters, controlled parking zones and one-way
systems, and check for infringements of waiting restrictions and
restrictions on the loading and unloading of goods. They report
parking offences and issue fixed penalty notices to offenders.
Other duties include checking that vehicles are displaying
current motor vehicle licences (tax discs) and assisting the police in
keeping a look out for stolen vehicles. Traffic wardens also arrange
for vehicles to be clamped, or removed by the police to a parking
pound if necessary.
Some police forces have extended the
role of traffic wardens, to cover moving traffic offences and deal with
antisocial behaviour. This can mean combining the role of traffic
warden with that of community support officer (see Police
Community Support Officer for more information about this work).
Traffic wardens may occasionally be required to appear in
court to give evidence against offenders. Generally they don't
require any formal training, however there are traffic warden courses available for those
that want to learn more and give their CV a bit of an edge.
What's the working environment like working as a Traffic Warden?
Traffic wardens usually work between 6.30am and 8pm. It is normal
to work around 37 hours a week on a shift system, which will include
The work is outdoors in all weather conditions,
in the dust, noise and fumes of traffic. Traffic wardens spend most of
the day on their feet.
The specific area in which wardens
work may change daily, so it may be necessary to have a driving
A full uniform is provided. In most cases, traffic
wardens are equipped with a personal radio in case of emergency.
What does it take to become a Traffic Warden?
To be a traffic warden you should:
- have a positive attitude
to the job
- be assertive and have common sense
- have initiative to cope with unexpected situations
able to understand and apply written and spoken instructions
- be able to think clearly and react sensibly under pressure
- have patience, tact and a sense of humour
- have a good
level of fitness
- be able to form good working relationships
with the police and other colleagues.
Traffic Warden Career Opportunities
The number of openings for traffic wardens is decreasing as more
local authorities are taking over the responsibility for enforcing
parking regulations from the police force. These authorities employ
parking attendants who have similar, but narrower, areas of
responsibility. The London boroughs have contracted out the work to
private companies who directly employ the staff. Further details on
the work of parking attendants can be found in the Parking
In some other areas there are plans to
merge duties of parking attendants and traffic wardens into one
force of privately-employed wardens.
vary according to area and may be limited in areas where few
wardens are employed. Progression is based on ability and
experience, and traffic wardens may be promoted to senior grades.
Staff employed in the more senior grades become
increasingly involved in the administrative, supervisory and training
aspects of the work.