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Lead Story: Issue 225 29 Nov 2010

Traffic wardens: The beat goes on

Patrick McDonnell charts the evolution of the on-street parking patrol since traffic wardens first appeared 50 years ago

Patrick Mcdonnell

traffic warden n

Brit a uniformed official employed to help control traffic and esp. parking

2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of traffic wardens to the UK. They first took to the streets of  Westminster in September 1960 to manage and enforce parking regulations in the city. Rising post-War affluence had seen the UK’s vehicle population go up to 8 million, with more than 60,000 heading into Westminster during the rush hour and most parking in the city for the...

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