Parking attendants, which were previously called traffic wardens, make sure that traffic, motoring and parking rules are followed. They patrol the streets, or car parks, to check on parked vehicles.
Parking attendants usually work for a local authority or for a private company contracted to the local authority.
You could be:
patrolling an area, checking traffic movements and looking for illegally parked vehicles
taking photographs of parking offences and using a handheld computer to issue `penalty charge notices` (parking tickets) for illegally parked vehicles
directing drivers and pedestrians and advising on parking areas
giving evidence in court if required
informing the police of parking offences that cannot be enforced by a parking attendant
completing forms, making accurate notes and sometimes writing reports
checking parking meter tickets and patrolling local authority car parks to check that drivers have 'paid and displayed'
sometimes arranging for vehicles to be towed away, if they have been abandoned, illegally parked or are blocking traffic
reporting any parking meters, signs or road markings that need maintenance.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Pay rates for parking attendants vary but range from around £10.0 to £11.50 an hour. You might also get a shift allowance, opportunities for overtime and a performance bonus for issuing a certain quota of tickets. You are provided with a uniform and protective wet weather clothing.
You report to the office at the start and end of each shift, but you will be outdoors in all weathers.
You will work a 35 to 40 hour week, in shifts, probably on a rota basis including: early mornings, possibly late evenings, Saturdays and, in some areas, Sundays.
You will cover several miles a day (sometimes in a vehicle).
You will carry and operate a handheld computer and a camera.