Wheelie bin given ticket by traffic warden

We wouldn't like to say that traffic wardens are pointless, dimwitted individuals, but you might after you hear about this.

In Carmarthen, a traffic warden is under investigation after they gave a parking ticket to a bin. That's right. One of those big bins that are on wheels.


The bin was on some double-yellow lines and passers-by noticed the strange behaviour as the warden stuck a penalty charge notice to the rubbish receptacle.

Mercifully, Carmarthenshire council said that there was no ticket was inside the wrapper, so you have to assume that it was a joke by the warden. However, this being a council, they will still be looking into the traffic warden's conduct.

Salesman Mike Jones told the BBC: "It was bizarre - I realised I had just watched a warden give a ticket to a wheelie bin for bad parking. It appeared the warden slapped the plastic ticket envelope on the bin in a moment of high jinks after a member of public pointed out it was parked on double yellow lines."

Carmarthenshire council traffic and safety manager John McEvoy said: "There was no ticket issued, it is not possible to book a wheelie bin or anything that is not motorised."

"Although this was meant as a humorous incident, we take this kind of thing very seriously and have launched a formal investigation into the conduct of this officer."


  • Fagin
    bloody moron council, the point was this was good natured humour which may actually incentivise the premises who use the bin to pull their finger out & stop causing a bloody nuisance / blockage of the queens highway with the bin. collection day for household wheelie bins being left all over the place rather than placed on the edge of owners land (ie curtilage) rather than forming a bloody obstacle race for all & sundry for the numerous collections (we have 3 bins collected on different days, that amounts to a lot of time idiots leave theirs on the streets (day before, day after collection etc) . the warden was doing all a favour by this, bins are a bloody problem which councils don't give a toss about.
  • Eric
    Not surprised. I was ticketed in Carmarthen for not paying for parking in spite of the parking machine receipt being in clear view. I appealed and sent a photo that showed their ticket and mine in the same shot. Their reply: that that they would let me off THIS ONE TIME.

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