It’s not the easiest job in the world, but traffic wardens are key to ensuring parking regulations are maintained.
WHAT IS A TRAFFIC WARDEN?
A traffic warden is employed by the local authority or a private company contracted to the local authority and are responsible for enforcing traffic, motoring and parking laws. A lot of their work includes patrolling and making sure drivers follow parking regulations on public streets and in car parks.
Reporting to the office at the start and end of their shift, the role of a traffic warden takes a very adaptable person who enjoys working outdoors in all types of weather. Working anywhere between 35 to 40 hours a week on a rota basis, you are likely to be spending a lot of time of your feet, sometimes walking several miles a day and will need to know how to handle hostility from the public.
Having an awareness of how to work with the public will stand you in good stead in this role and
WHAT ARE THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES?
Being a traffic warden doesn’t just involve patrolling streets and car parks to make sure that regulations are being met. They have a number of other responsibilities including:
When working as a traffic warden you will also be given a uniform and equipment like hand held computers and printers in order to print out Penalty Charge Notices, two way radios and cameras to film motorists breaking regulations.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHARACTERISTICS/SKILLS THAT SUIT THIS ROLE?
Becoming a traffic warden takes a very agile individual who enjoys working outdoors and isn’t fazed by differing types of weather. One of the most challenging aspects of this role will inevitably be dealing with hostile members of the public. A calm, professional manner will take you far when facing this adversity.
In addition to this you will need to:
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND TRAINING
Though there are no set qualifications needed for this job, some employers may ask that you have a GCSE in both Maths and English. As you will be working with public, some customer service experience would be hugely beneficial for this role.
Knowledge of the area you’re going to be working in would be beneficial and a driving license may also be required as well as a basic understanding of the Highway Code.
Training is usually given on the job by a supervisor where you’ll learn about traffic regulations and how to process and issue penalty charge notices. There could also be the opportunity to take a course to further your knowledge and abilities within this particular sector.