On this day in auto history - October 30th

Sat 30th Oct 2021

It was on this day in 2002 that a leaked report revealed how a single traffic warden in Cumbria was issuing tickets on an unprecedented scale.

It emerged that the Carlisle-based warden - whom the city council refused to name - issued an astonishing 3,059 fines in just 30 weeks which amounted to one ever 27 minutes.

The mystery warden’s victims accounted for over a third of tickets issued by the entire council, meaning that he/she was accumulating a staggering £150,000+ per annum in revenue for his/her paymasters.

Despite Britain’s tabloids making a big issue of the ticket-happy warden at the time, the identity remained a mystery, with the local council citing ’personal safety concerns’ for keeping quiet.