Traffic wardens get video cameras

Traffic attendants in Salford are to become the first in the UK to record their work on video.

Jun 1, 2007
By David Howell

Traffic attendants in Salford are to become the first in the UK to record their work on video.

Later this month a select number of traffic wardens will start to wear head-mounted miniature cameras.

The new asset will help wardens in their new role of issuing fixed penalties for anti-social behaviour.

New legislation enables the attendants to hand out tickets for activities including littering, flyposting, graffiti and allowing dogs to foul the pavement.

National Car Parks (NCP), which supplies traffic wardens in the city, said the films will be used to resolve disputes over tickets and to prosecute motorists who assault or abuse staff.

An NCP spokesperson said: “These cameras, already used by police and community support officers, are needed as evidence to prove beyond doubt that the penalties its wardens hand out are justified.

“Wardens across the country have for several years captured parking violations on digital still cameras.”

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