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There are certainly some strong opinions out there when it comes to traffic wardens – but the positive aspects of their job, such as their contribution to keeping traffic moving, are rarely acknowledged.
Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast is an interesting case study in what would happen without traffic wardens, or civil enforcement officers (CEOs) as they’re now known. The Police have recently handed over the enforcement of parking infringements to the Council – however it will take up to one year for the Council to put the new CEOs in place. As a result, there is no one enforcing parking infringements in Aberystwyth.
What was originally thought of as a “motorist’s paradise”, however, has turned into more of a nightmare. It has been reported that friction and even punch-ups have arisen due to the free parking. One resident remarked, “I never thought I’d say it but I want the traffic wardens back!”. It seems that the citizens of Aberystwyth are longing for the peace and harmony provided by the good old familiar civil enforcement officer uniforms! The silent majority want to park without hassle and recognise the importance and value of civil enforcement officers.
Chamber of Commerce chair Chris Mackenzie-Grieve, recently added further food for thought: “It may seem great for motorists, but for traders, visitors and the disabled looking for parking spots it’s not a laughing matter.”
For further civil enforcement officer uniform news watch this space!
To further our success of our brand new Magnum strider shoe, we thought what better than trying it out in a good old British muddy festival. This year was no exception and it wasn’t long before the rain began and the mud slides escalated.
Our willing testers of the Magnum shoes were our valued customer Mendip District Council. We currently supply their parking department for their full uniforms and they were thrilled with the durability and comfort of the Magnum Strider. So much so that the next day they washed the mud off them and went for a morning run!
Since their success, they are now looking to kit out their full staff in the Magnum Strider and spread the word. If you would like to put our Strider to the test, please contact us – we’d love to hear your feedback!
Stop means Stop – Respect the lollipop is a new scheme that has been launched across Trafford to remind motorists to stop for school crossing patrol following an increase in the number of vehicles failing to stop for the school crossing patrol officers.
Drivers and pedestrians generally know who the school crossing patrol wardens are and why they are there but many do not know how they work. Did you know that motorists must stop when signalled to do so by a school crossing patrol and it is an offence under the Road Traffic Act if they do not? Did you know that the Patrol sign signals messages to drivers and pedestrians? The school crossing patrol wardens use their school crossing patrol sign in a number of ways to let everyone know what they intend to do. I hope you find this page School crossing patrols – advice from Leicestershire County Council as helpful as we did – well you know what they say, you learn something new every day!
Why not have a look at our School crossing patrol uniform section on our website for more useful information.
Today we’re blogging about a question that’s always bugged us that we’ve recently found the answer to – why do the Salvation Army wear uniforms for work? Have you ever wondered the same, when you’ve noticed them whilst out shopping in town, for instance?
Initially it started when the Christian movement took on a military character, in the early days of Salvationism. Now, uniforms work for the Salvation Army because they give a clear guide to onlookers that the wearer is a Christian and is available for religious discussion or instruction. Uniform work is generally associated with help and assistance, and this association is useful for the Salvationist movement, showing they are available to serve others.
Another crucial job that a uniform does, not only for the Salvation Army but for all uniformed professions, is make the wearer feel part of a team, and part of something that is bigger than themselves. The more observant among you will have noticed that Army uniforms, while having a basic style, have a number of accoutrements such as epaulettes and badges. Similar to other work roles, these denote whether the wearer is an officer or soldier, and which corps they are a member of.
We hope that this blog has helped some of you who have wondered about the origins of the Salvation Army’s dress. The Salvation Army brass band are actually playing at a friend’s wedding in July – I’ll report back on how they look in their uniforms!
On Tuesday 28th June we sponsored the combined Healthcare and Higher Education Special Interest Group meeting, a British Parking Association event, at the Royal Horticultural Halls Conference centre in the heart of Westminster. On the walk from the tube station, we saw lots of Westminster’s very smart looking Civil Enforcement Officers, who we’ve recently kitted out in a smart new civil enforcement officer uniform.
The group had two new chairs, Ian Goodman of Manchester Metropolitan University and Laura Kelly of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn, who did a fantastic job. The meeting had the highest attendance we’ve seen at a BPA meeting so far, and we really enjoyed meeting lots of new faces from the university and healthcare sectors. The event gave us a great opportunity to show off our civil enforcement officer uniforms to both existing and potential clients.
Helen Dolphin of Disabled Motoring UK gave a superb talk on providing parking for disabled motorists, and there were a number of other really interesting talks, including Terry Vass from Brunel University on how they’ve drastically reduced their crime rate with the help of the Safer Parking Scheme, as well as Mark Biggs of the Metropolitan Police. We particularly liked Mark’s comment that hospitals and universities are like towns, with very similar parking problems.
Half way through the day it was looking like the attendees could have used one of our new Patrol Macs because the heavens truly opened – but thankfully it had dried up when home-time came around!
We did our famous business card draw, and the winner of a huge bottle of champagne – a jeroboam, no less – was Emma Marshall of Precision Parking. Congratulations Emma!!
It’s been almost two months since our latest parking uniform items – the Magnum Strider and the Patrol Cap were launched at Parkex – and I just wanted to give you some feedback as to how these have been received by our customers.
Those of you who visited our stand at Parkex will remember we demonstrated the Magnum Strider – the UK’s first shoe designed specifically for parking staff – by chucking water and all sorts of nasties at it – and nothing stuck due to its ion mask technology! This has featured in the Sunday Times, The Sun, The Guardian and on the Chris Evans Breakfast show and the Gadget show and is really clever stuff, actually repelling water. We were delighted to have the opportunity to bring this technology into the world of parking enforcement uniforms. As well as being highly water-resistant, the Strider is also very lightweight, very breathable, very durable and also EN-certified for slip resistance. We have sold the Strider to well in excess of 100 local authorities already, which we think is pretty amazing for two months’ work! It is totally unheard of for a new product to get such amazing feedback – we have had customers raving on the phone for ten minutes about how good the Strider is!
The other new innovations in the world of parking attendant uniform that is causing a stir is the Patrol Cap. We made a small initial batch to test the market and have been totally inundated with requests for this product. It seems that people are just bored of the same old caps that people have been wearing since 1960. Unlike the existing hats, which are made of wool and can therefore soak up rain in winter or cause wearers to sweat in summer, the Patrol Cap is very lightweight, 100% waterproof and highly breathable. We’re making more as fast as we possibly can, so please bear with us!
We just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported these two new products – we’re really grateful – and do keep your feedback coming!
We have some exciting news. Our one stop shop webpage for School Crossing Patrol uniforms is now live! Our School Crossing patrols do a great job helping to keep our children safe on the roads and their uniform will help keep them safe too. On a serious note, reality is around 5,000 children under the age of 16 die or are seriously injured on Britain’s roads each year. Here at Keltic we are dedicated to providing at top class service with top class information. Here is the latest update on School Crossing Patrol Uniform to keep you in the loop. The law states that every school crossing patrol should be issued with the following:
- A fluorescent outer garment with reflective tape
- A peaked hat
- A Crossing patrol sign
Keep checking the blog for more detailed information and the latest updates or contact us for more information.
At Keltic, as one of the UK’s leading uniform clothing suppliers, we’re more keen than most for people to look really smart, and to wear the correct uniform for their job role, as well as to feel comfortable and special in their uniform clothes.
The San Francisco Examiner recently reported on an interesting situation that related to this. A “Patrol Special” police officer was recently sacked for wearing the incorrect uniform wear. The officer, who had been nominated for a medal for disarming a gunman during a fatal shootout, had failed to wear his navy jacket and trousers, which had a distinctive blue stripe down the side, on 37 occasions during 2009 and 2010.
However, the article also reports that he also failed to show up to various training courses, amongst other issues. So as with many of these seemingly straightforward stories, there’s more than the headline implies. However, there’s food for thought here. Would you take a chance and not wear your uniform if you knew your job was on the line?
Keltic now offer the biggest range of magnum footwear in the UK. Magnum are widely acknowledged to be the best quality boots on the market. Their boots are used by a number of armed forces, and are ideal for all tough work requirements.
Our range of Magnum Boots includes options that aren’t available anywhere else such as the magnum strider, a lightweight, water resistant, highly breathable, highly durable and extremely comfortable shoe that we designed in conjunction with Magnum.
Keltic are one of the UK’s leading uniform suppliers, specialising in supplying councils, NHS and universities, and our range of Hi tec magnum boots and shoe are available for next day delivery on receipt of an official purchase order from any public sector organisation.
As experts in this field we are continuing to develop new products at an impressive rate, and our expertise is at your service in relation to footwear and all other uniform items.
Following on from last week’s summer uniform instalment, another ideal piece of security guard clothing for the summer months is our summer patrol vest.
This brand new piece of security guard uniform is adapted to perform in hot conditions, made from highly breathable lightweight micromesh fabric and includes all the features required by security staff including epaulettes, radio loops and pockets. The micromesh fabric allows maximum airflow for the increasingly hot British summers!
It’s also very important for security staff to be visible on their duties so our summer patrol vest is ideal as this meets the BS EN471 class 2 safety standard incorporating EN471 level 2 glass bead reflective tape.
Providing staff with clothing and equipment adapted to their needs, be it thermals for the winter, correct footwear or breathable clothing can make all the difference to their working environment. Happy, comfortable staff will perform to the best of their ability and help to feel part of a valued team if provided with suitable uniforms.
Watch this space for further summer security guard clothes advice while this glorious weather continues!