Giving traffic wardens the power to enforce the law across traffic, litter and dog fouling

That the council outline any impediments to giving traffic wardens, powers to enforce other laws including but not exclusive to, litter and dog-fouling. Giving traffic wardens the power to enforce the law across traffic, litter and fouling would reduce overall costs and result in cleaner walking routes and communities.

Here is the report issued by Mr.J.Boland, Director of Services, Water and Environmental Services Section.  Kildare County Council employs three Community Wardens – 2 in Naas, 1 in Athy and 4 Litter/Traffic Wardens – 7 in total. All of these wardens perform dual functions (litter & traffic).

The Traffic Wardens employed by the contractor (APOCA) under the current pay parking enforcement are only contracted to carry out traffic duties in Newbridge, Kildare , Celbridge & Leixlip.  They could carry out both functions if the Council requested them to do so. This would be additional to the current contract and there would be an additional fee for the work.

From the Environment Department’s point of view; The Council’s own wardens already carry out this dual function (litter & traffic) and patrol all areas outside of the main town centres. All in all, these arrangements work well. However, in the main town centres which are subject to the pay parking enforcement contract, these functions have not been included in the tender proposals and, therefore, there are different arrangements in Newbridge town, for example, traffic is patrolled by  APCOA while the Councils litter warden deals with litter offences. On balance, this is considered to be the best arrangement as it allows specialisation in a busy urban environment given that the requirements are different in each case. Litter, for example, will generally require a degree of investigation and prosecution can often be time consuming in terms of gathering evidence, arranging its removal etc while traffic is much more systematic. Indeed, some years ago in Newbridge, litter patrols were added to the APCOA contract but, regrettably, the Environment Department didn’t feel that this worked well as the amount of litter fines issued were minimal and it was not cost – effective. Accordingly, it is not proposed to alter current arrangements.