Traffic Warden Division
The establishment of the Traffic Wardens Division (TWD) is an initiative that emerged out of the Ministry of Works and Transport and the Ministry of National Security.
The Division was formed for the purpose of assisting “the Police in connection with the control and regulation of road traffic and the enforcement of the law but were not given the power to arrest violators,” (Section 10A of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, Chap 48:50). In its establishment, the then Ministries of Works and Infrastructure and National Security entered into an agreement for the implementation of a Traffic Warden System in Trinidad and Tobago.
TRAFFIC WARDEN DIVISION
SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE MINISTRIES AND AGENCY ENTAILS:
The Ministry of Works and Transport performs all administrative duties relating to the Traffic Wardens as well as the immediate supervision of the Wardens by the Chief and Deputy Traffic Warden.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE TRAFFIC WARDENS:
The Commissioner of Police maintains his constitutional responsibility of appointing Traffic wardens as well as undertaking all operational activities of the programme.
The Office of Law Enforcement Policy is tasked to provide technical expertise and administrative support to the programme, including uniform design and procurement, and recruitment and training.
To regulate traffic in designated regions and secondary roads but NOT HIGHWAYS
To issue fixed penalties notices (traffic tickets)
To remove illegally parked vehicles by towing
To ensure compliance and enforcement of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act
To attend court and provide evidence related to traffic breaches and offences
Any other related duties as directed by his/her superiors
To provide road safety of road traffic at schoolsTraffic Wardens are stipulated in Section 10A of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act (MVRTA); Chapter 48:50 and, as such, Traffic Wardens possess full authority for the regulation, control and enforcement of traffic to:
- Stop a vehicle
- Request drivers’ permits
- Order the removal of illegally parked vehicles
Under Section 3 (1) of the MVRTA; Chap. 48:52 a Traffic Warden is empowered to issue a fixed penalty ticket to any driver, breaches include:
- Breach of Parking Laws
- Breach of Seatbelt Laws
- Breach of Mobile Phone Regulations
- Breach of Road Traffic Signs
- Breach of Traffic Lights
SECTION 10A (3) OF THE MOTOR VEHICLES AND ROAD TRAFFIC ACT; CHAPTER 48:50 STATES:
Any driver is guilty of an offence and is liable to fine and imprisonment in accordance with the law if he/she:
(a) Fails to comply with the directions given by a Traffic Warden while on duty;
(b) Obstructs a Traffic Warden in the execution of his/her duty, or aids or incites any other persons not to comply with the directions of a Traffic Warden or
(c) To obstruct a Traffic Warden in the execution of his/her duty.
THE TRAFFIC WARDENS
CAREER GUIDANCE AND ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION UNIT
TAGLINE: “CHANGING ATTITUDES TOWARDS ROAD SAFETY” –C.A.R.S.
The Road Safety Education Unit was officially launched in July 2011 in order to promote safe driving on the roads of Trinidad and Tobago through the reinforcement of traffic laws and road safety education to the public.
The Road Safety Education Unit was initiated by Traffic Warden Road Safety Coordinator - Ms. Kerri-Ann Elie, just four mere months, after the Traffic Warden Division was introduced to the traffic landscape of Trinidad and Tobago. Ms. Elie was a member of the first batch of Traffic Wardens in 2011. She saw an urgent need for education campaigns on road safety.
Having previous knowledge and experience in the Education field, she saw a fitting opportunity for change; to go out in the world and make a difference. This was complemented by their unrelenting commitment and passion to educate all citizens especially children on road safety practices. As of May 2014, the Unit comprises four members:
Traffic Warden II’s - Kerri-Ann Elie
Traffic Warden II’s - Ms Jovelle Jordan
Traffic Warden I - Ms Janine Adams
Traffic Warden Driver/General Assistant - Mr Anthony Cerio
The members of the unit have struggled to make a difference in people’s lives by imparting road safety education. These young professionals were also often labelled “overly motivated” by peers in the process for their passion. As a result, the members have made a tremendous contribution by means of innovative ideas, even utilising personal funds and equipment, for the benefit of the Road Safety Education Unit, and by extension, the Traffic Warden Division.
The Unit’s first initiative was a collaboration with Arrive Alive’s Safari Treasure Hunt. Today, the Road Safety Education Unit has been a tremendous success. The four team members have collaborated with key Road Safety institutions throughout the country to embark on several Education campaigns: IRoadSafe with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and Arrive Alive, among others. However, the members also embark on these campaigns alone. To date, the Unit has visited many primary schools utilising songs, role-play, games, videos and hand-made road safety gear for the students, nationwide.
Road Safety Coordinator - Ms Elie said, “The members are motivated by being part of an organisation that has grown tremendously since inception and, one which they have made a substantial contribution. The Unit would like to advise the public to embrace education and become knowledgeable on road safety”.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A TRAFFIC WARDEN?
TRAFFIC WARDEN REQUIREMENTS:
- National of Trinidad and Tobago
- 18 years and older
- Three (3) O' levels. G. C. E or C. X.C. including English Language or equivalent combination of education and training.
Apply (submit letter of application and resume) to:
Office of Law Enforcement Policy (OLEP)
St. Vincent Street