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Traffic Wardens are uniformed employees whose duties consist of the enforcement of parking controls and the regulation that prescribes the exhibition of a current road tax disc. They are assigned a particular area to patrol and their visible presence in this area serves as a reminder to drivers to park their vehicles in accordance with bye-laws and other relevant rules.
Traffic Wardens advise motorists on where and when they may park their vehicles. In a case where a motorist commits an offence for which a notice may be issued the Traffic Warden issues a notice commonly known as a 'fine-on-the-spot-notice'. The notice may only be affixed to a parked vehicle or issued to the person alleged to have committed the offence. The notice stipulates the sum of money that a person liable to be prosecuted for the alleged offence may pay within 21 days as an alternative to the institution of a prosecution.
Traffic Wardens are required to keep accurate records of offences for the purpose of Court proceedings and to attend Court and give evidence as to the offences. They are required from time to time to write clear and concise reports on aspects of their work for the information of superior officers.
Traffic Wardens may also be empowered to authorise the removal of unlawfully parked vehicles to a compound, where the impounded vehicles can be recovered by the owners on payment of removal and storage fees. Traffic Wardens must wear their uniforms at all times while on duty and must of necessity be available to carry out their duties in all weather conditions.
Personal Qualities and Skills
Traffic wardens need to be observant, alert, and able to think and act quickly. Clear and legible handwriting is essential.
Experience of working with the general public is useful. You need to be capable of dealing calmly with motorists who are upset or aggressive. Tact and patience are needed, and a sense of humour helps. The ability to work alone, without close supervision, is important.
To be a warden you need to be in good health and physically fit, as you will spend a lot of time on your feet, working outdoors in all weathers.
Pay and Opportunities
Traffic wardens are employed by the local authorities. Promotion prospects are limited but supervisory positions are attainable. EUR12 to EUR13 is the general pay, with extra pay for shift work.
Entry Routes and Training
At present Traffic Wardens are employed under the road Traffic Acts 1961 and 1968 and by various local authorities under the Local Authorities (Traffic Wardens) Act 1975.
All appointments of Traffic Wardens by local authorities are made subject to vacancies with the Garda Commissioner. Vacancies are advertised from time to time in the national or local press and applications for the position should only be made then. Selection of Wardens is made from qualified applicants following a competition interview.
When they take up duty Traffic Wardens are given a course of instruction covering the general laws, bye-laws and rules governing parking, the procedure to be followed in the issue of offence notices, the removal of unlawfully parked vehicles, and court practice and procedure. There will be a practical test at the end of the course.
An important aspect of the training is the emphasis placed on the absolute necessity for strict impartiality and for courtesy at all times on the part of wardens in the discharge of their duties. On completion of the courses wardens undergo practical exercises to ensure that the instruction given has been assimilated.
There are no specific educational qualifications laid down but candidates should have a good standard of education to enable them to perform the duties of Traffic Warden efficiently.
As a general rule the lower age limit is twenty-five years.
Vacancies are advertised from time to time in the national or local press and applications for the position should only be made then.
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