Meath County Council has moved to allay concerns from members of the public in relation to whether or not traffic wardens are deemed to be essential workers.

The job is not one of those named on the list of essential workers on the website but the council issued the following response in reply to questions from Meath Live

‘ In light of the current COVID related restrictions, Local Authorities are recognised under the Government’s Resilience and Recovery Plan for Living with COVID-19 as being an essential service. We believe that there is an important support role that our wardens can play to assist businesses that remain open and key workers in the current crisis.

‘Our warden services are operating as normal to ensure that:

        .There is no illegal parking such as would restrict or prevent access to any of the essential services by customers or key workers

  • Parking is generally available for people using or providing the essential services
  • There is no improper use of disabled parking bays such as would prevent access for people with disabilities to the essential services
  • There is no illegal parking that could constitute a danger to other road users or pedestrians.
  • Loading bays are kept clear for the delivery of supplies to essential services.’

 The council has yet to confirm whether the above list constitutes the entire remit of wardens

Meath Live has asked the Department Of The Taoiseach for clarification on whether or not traffic wardens are actually deemed essential in view of the fact that the Gardai can perform the same duties.