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Civilian Policemen?

mn-transito copyThere is a shocking development in Antigua at this time. In an attempt to enforce traffic rules, the Government through the Transport Board have allowed traffic wardens to ticket violators. Fundamentally there is nothing wrong with civilians working as meter maids to issue parking tickets etc but it has been taken to a different level here. The wardens are stopping drivers on the roads for traffic offenses. They are not properly uniformed and do not wear identification. They do not have the power as special constables according to the laws of Antigua and Barbuda.

This practice is higly irregular and illegal and needs to be stopped both for the safety of motorists and the wardens. After all they are not trained in law enforcement and may put themselves in a dangerous position. Motorists who are unaware of the situation might injure these civilian lawmen by not stopping when they jump in front of their vehicles.

Ticketing on roads should remain the responsibility of police officers. They are trained and properly equipped in law enforcement techniques.


June 12, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I disagree. I do not believe that people should only follow traffic rules when a uniformed officer is around. Hopefully this will keep everyone on their best behavior.

    Comment by Silver Dragon | June 12, 2009 | Reply

  2. You are right we need to follow the law. My issue is that the law is not being followed by utilizing persons who are not authorized to stop motorist according the same law. I maintain that it is a dangerous situation for both the motorist and the warden. The Police are trained in law enforcement and they need to be the ones who enforce the laws.

    Comment by kagedbird | June 12, 2009 | Reply

  3. If it is absolutely necessary to have traffic wardens due to the lack of personnel in the police force then so be it. In the event that they have no training, identification as well as no info. was given to the public prior to these wardens being placed at strategic places in town or other areas this should be seriously addressed. If the police by law are supposed to be the ‘traffic wardens’ then let the police do their job.

    Comment by D | June 16, 2009 | Reply

  4. I agree with your comment about identification. The legislation to allow the wardens to have powers of special constables has not been passed yet.

    Comment by kagedbird | June 17, 2009 | Reply

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