19 September 1960

Traffic wardens deployed in UK for the first time

19 September 1960: The London Borough of Westminster deployed 40 traffic wardens in central London, patrolling the streets to check for illegally parked cars.

The traffic wardens, dressed in distinctive yellow-banded caps, handed out fines to the amount of £2 to those found in contravention of parking law.

The first ticket was given to Dr Thomas Creigthon, who had parked his Ford Popular at a West End hotel whilst answering an emergency call to treat a man having a heart attack. The parking fine was later dropped after public outcry.


The UK's first ever traffic wardens getting ready to patrol the streets of London. (Getty)

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