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    Traffic Warden

    Excuse me. May I ask if there is similar post in the USA?
    If yes, what is it called? Thank you.

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    Re: Traffic Warden

    There must be (I think) - because the Beatles song 'Lovely Rita, meter maid' uses a phrase that (I've always thought) was an Americanism. Perhaps its an invention of the tabloid press (alliteration and short words are very popular), or Scouse (Liverpool dialect), but it was certainly new to me at the time.

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    Re: Traffic Warden

    Isn't it a traffic cop? Parked cars are not traffic, in Canada.

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    Re: Traffic Warden

    A "meter maid" is a police officer (they used to be strictly women, but now either sex is common) who issues tickets (violations) to illegally parked cars: cars at parking meters where the time has expired, cars parked in front of fire hydrants, cars without the appropriate placard parked in a handicapped space, etc.

    A "traffic cop" usually refers to a police officer who physically stands in an intersection and directs traffic.

    "Traffic wardens" in the UK are, I believe, civilians (non-police staff) who monitor parking lots and issue citations. In the US, there is no such position; all tickets/citations must be issued by law enforcement personnel.

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