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1970 No. 1958

POLICE

The Functions of Traffic Wardens Order 1970

Laid before Parliament in draft

Made

16th December 1970

Coming into Operation

1st January 1971

In exercise of the power conferred upon me by section 81(3) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1967, and of subsections (4A) and (4B) of that section as inserted by section 131(6) of the Transport Act 1968, I hereby make the following Order, a draft of which has been laid before Parliament and has been approved by resolution of each House of Parliament:—

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Functions of Traffic Wardens Order 1970 and shall come into operation on 1st January 1971.

(2) The Interpretation Act 1889 applies to the interpretation of this Order as it applies to the interpretation of an Act of Parliament.

(3) The Functions of Traffic Wardens Order 1960(1) and the Functions of Traffic Wardens Order 1965(2) are hereby revoked.

(4) This Order shall not extend to Scotland.

2.  In this Order—

the Act of 1960” and “the Act of 1967” mean respectively the Road Traffic Act 1960 and the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1967;

street parking place order” means an order made under the Act of 1967 relating to a street parking place;

traffic order” means an order made under section 1, 5, 6, 9, 11 or 84A of the Act of 1967.

3.—(1) The functions set out in the Schedule to this Order are hereby prescribed as appropriate for discharge by traffic wardens.

(2) For the purposes of the discharge by traffic wardens of such functions, references to a constable or police constable in the following enactments shall include references to a traffic warden—

(a)section 52 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839 so far as it relates to the giving by the commissioner of directions to constables for preventing obstruction;

(b)section 22 of the local Act of the second and third year of the reign of Queen Victoria, chapter 94, so far as it makes similar provision with respect to the City of London;

(c)sections 14 and 15 of the Act of 1960 (drivers and pedestrians to comply with traffic directions given by police constables);

(d)section 229 of the Act of 1960 (the power of constables to obtain the names and address of pedestrians failing to comply with traffic directions);

(e)section 242 of the Act of 1960 and section 89 of the Act of 1967 (the giving of evidence of an admission by certificate).

(3) For the purposes of the discharge by traffic wardens of the functions set out in the Schedule to this Order, references in section 226(1) of the Act of 1960 to a police constable shall, in so far as it applies to the furnishing of names and addresses, include references to a traffic warden if the traffic warden has reasonable cause to believe that there has been committed and offence—

(a)in respect of a vehicle by its being left or parked on a road during the hours of darkness (as defined by the Road Transport Lighting Act 1957 without the lights or reflectors required by law;

(b)in respect of a vehicle by its obstructing a road, or waiting, or being left or parked, or being loaded or unloaded, in a road;

(c)in contravention of section 14 of the Act of 1960;

(d)in contravention of a provision of the Vehicles (Excise) Act 1962;

(e)created by section 42 of the Act of 1967 (offences relating to parking places on highways where charges made).

(4) References in section 225(1) and (4) of the Act of 1960 to a constable or police constable shall include references to a traffic warden only where—

(a)the traffic warden is employed to perform functions in connection with the custody of vehicles removed from a road or land in the open air in pursuance of regulations made under section 20 of the Act of 1967 or from a parking place in pursuance of a street parking place order, and

(b)he has reasonable cause to believe that there has been committed an offence in respect of a vehicle by its obstructing a road, or waiting, or being left or parked, or being loaded or unloaded, in a road.

R. Maudling

One of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State

Home Office

Whitehall

16th December 1970

Article 3

SCHEDULEFUNCTIONS OF TRAFFIC WARDENS

1.—(1) Traffic wardens may be employed to enforce the law with respect to an offence—

(a)committed in respect of a vehicle by its being left or parked on a road during the hours of darkness (as defined by the Road Transport Lighting Act 1957) without the lights or reflectors required by law; or

(b)committed in respect of a vehicle by its obstructing a road, or waiting, or being left or parked, or being loaded or unloaded, in a road or other public place; or

(c)committed in contravention of a provision of the Vehicles (Excise) Act 1962;

(d)created by section 42 of the Act of 1967 (offences relating to parking places on highways where charges made).

(2) For the purposes of the enforcement of the law with respect to such of the offences described in sub-paragraph (1) of this paragraph as are offences to which section 80 of the Act of 1967 (which relates to the fixed penalty procedure) applies, other than an offence committed in respect of a vehicle by its obstructing a road or the offence created by section 16 of the Act of 1960 (which relates to leaving vehicles in dangerous positions), traffic wardens may exercise the functions conferred on constables by the said section 80 in an area to which the said section 80 extends.

2.—(1) Traffic wardens may, under arrangements made with the Secretary of State or a local authority, be employed to act as parking attendants at street parking places provided or controlled by the Secretary of State or local authority.

(2) A traffic warden may exercise functions conferred on a traffic warden by a traffic order or a street parking place order.

3.  Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph 1 above, traffic wardens may be employed in connection with obtaining information under section 232 of the Act of 1960 or section 85 of the Act of 1967 (duty to give information as to identity of driver, etc. in certain cases).

4.  Traffic wardens may be employed to perform functions in connection with the custody of vehicles removed from a road or land in the open air in pursuance of regulations under section 20 of the Act of 1967 or from a parking place in pursuance of a street parking place order.

5.  Where a police authority provides school crossing patrols under section 24 of the Act of 1967, whether as the appropriate authority or by agreement with the appropriate authority, traffic wardens appointed by that police authority may be employed to act as school crossing patrols.

6.—(1) Subject to the foregoing paragraphs, traffic wardens may be employed in the control and regulation of traffic (including foot passengers) or vehicles whether on a highway or not and to discharge any other functions normally undertaken by the police in connection with the control and regulation of traffic (including foot passengers) or vehicles.

(2) Nothing in this paragraph shall permit the functions described in sub-paragraph (1) to be exercised by a traffic warden who is in a moving vehicle.

EXPLANATORY NOTE

This Order revokes and replaces the Orders relating to the functions of traffic wardens. The Schedule to the Order specifies the functions. Paragraph 2(2) of the Schedule extends the functions by referring to functions conferred on traffic wardens by traffic orders or street parking place orders. Paragraph 3 authorises traffic wardens to be employed in obtaining information as to the identity of drivers. Paragraph 4 enables traffic wardens to be employed in connection with the custody of vehicles at car pounds.

Article 3(2), (3) and (4) enable traffic wardens to exercise the powers conferred by certain enactments on constables.

(1)

(1960 II, p. 2765).

(2)

(1965 II, p. 3249).

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