TRAFFIC WARDEN REVIEW
I wrote to you earlier this year to advise that Police Scotland were embarking on a review of the service delivered by traffic wardens. At that time I advised that I would provide further information as it became available and would provide an opportunity for you to comment on the proposals being made.
Enforcement of parking in Scotland has historically been delivered by traffic wardens employed by legacy forces across Scotland. The Road Traffic Act 1991 introduced provisions enabling the decriminalisation of most non-endorsable parking offences in London and permitted similar arrangements to be introduced elsewhere throughout the UK. The relevant provisions of the 1991 Act were commenced in Scotland in June 1997. Since this time a number of councils have adopted the legislation and have decriminalised parking enforcement.
Enforcement of parking legislation and other minor road traffic matters (greenways enforcement etc) can be conducted by police traffic wardens or can be decriminalised and become the responsibility of local authorities. If decriminalised the parking charges and associated fixed penalty notices are paid to the relevant local authority rather than to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
This letter is to advise you that Police Scotland is proposing to withdraw the role of traffic warden across the divisions where the role still exists. This is to allow Police Scotland to focus on the core activity of keeping people safe. Where parking is dangerous or causes significant obstruction Police Scotland will task police officers to resolve the issue using the appropriate enforcement activity, including parking tickets, other direct measures or prosecution reports.
I am keen to hear your views and would be grateful if you could send any correspondence by email to TrafficWardensReview@scotland.pnn.police.uk or to Traffic Warden Review Team, Business Change Office, Police Scotland, Pitt Street, Glasgow, G2 4JS. If, however, you wish to discuss the matter with me personally, please arrange a meeting or conversation by telephone by calling the Edinburgh Divisional Co-ordination Unit 0131 662 5033.
Thank you again for your support and interest in the service that we provide.