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LORDS APPROVE NEW POWERS FOR SCOTTISH TRAFFIC WARDENS

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Hansard 14 Dec: Column 1205 ...
Hansard 14 Dec: Column 1205

The house of lords yesterday approved an order giving traffic wardens in Scotland the same authority and potential powers as those in England and Wales.

Individual chief constables in Scotland will decide when and how to make use of the order, which will enable traffic wardens to order the interim removal or immobilisation of illegally parked vehicles.

For the first time traffic wardens will be able to issue a fixed penalty notice for endorsable offences, these being dangerously parked vehicles and vehicles parked in breach of pedestrian crossing regulations. There will also be a power to require the production of a driving licence and, in certain cases, a statement of date of birth if there is a contravention of local parking orders and issue fixed penalty tickets.

Government spokesman Lord Macdonald of Tradeston said the government would stress to chief constables the importance of training traffic wardens in their new duties.
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