Traffic Officers do not have enforcement powers and their vehicles are not classed as emergency vehicles.
The role of the Traffic Officer is to deal with routine incidents including non injury Road Traffic Collisions (RTC’s) on the network and to assist the emergency services by dealing with traffic management at more serious incidents. In order to undertake these duties Traffic Officers are permitted to use red and amber warning lights, authorised under a special order of the Road Traffic Act 1988, section 44.
The service endeavors to minimise disruption to road users by providing a safe and timely response to incidents in order to manage traffic, assess on site requirements in terms of debris clearance and infrastructure damage/repairs, liaise with emergency services where necessary and relieve congestion as soon as possible.
The Traffic Officers take a primary role in the management of traffic, clearance of incidents and other non criminal activity.