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Could you take on bad parking in Brighton and Hove?
Do you like a uniform? Have you got a passion for issuing tickets and no fear of an angry motorist?
Brighton and Hove City Council has been raking in record profits from parking and is recruiting new traffic wardens to join the ranks of some of their least popular civil servants.
NSL, which runs the council’s traffic enforcement, is advertising for new “civil enforcement officers” to deal with the “continued growth” in the city.
The new wardens will have to issue tickets to illegally parked motorists and will have the powers to have dangerously obstructive vehicles towed.
In December it was revealed that the city makes more profit from parking charges than any other council outside London. In 2012/13 the council netted £18.36 million in parking revenue.
There are currently seven jobs available.
But the city council has insisted they are not expanding the number of wardens patrolling the city’s streets – just maintaining enough officers to crack down on illegal motorists.
A council spokeswoman said: “The current recruitment is to bring the number of civil enforcement officers back to the agreed level needed for the service to operate effectively.
“There is a natural turnover of staff each year and our parking enforcement contractor, NSL, recruits new people as needs arise.
“The city’s enforcement contractor currently employs 74 civil enforcement officers (CEOs). This has been reduced from a high of 85 officers in 2009.
“The level of enforcement is closely monitored and varies depending on enforcement priorities and compliance.
“Compliance is also improving and in 2012/13 CEOs issued 114,000 penalty charge notices which was the second lowest since the council took over parking enforcement in 2001.”
The new wardens will be paid up to £7.75 an hour.
Adverts for the jobs state: “Due to continued growth we are currently recruiting for civil enforcement officers in Brighton.
“The role will require you to enforce legislation and the council’s policies in respect of parking controls by issuing of penalty charge notices to vehicles in contravention of the regulations, as well as authorising vehicles for removal action.”
Despite being reviled as drivers’ worst enemies, the city’s team of traffic wardens revealed their softer sides. Last month they were praised for being “the eyes and ears” on the street and coming to the aid of care home residents, a man who had mislaid his car and an injured cat.
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