Traffic Officer

The objective of a traffic officer is to ensure the safe and free flow of traffic on public roads, as well as law enforcement, education and assistance. The traffic officer performs duties within the municipal boundaries.

Traffic officers test prospective drivers for licences and inspect vehicles for roadworthiness. They control traffic and ensure effective traffic flow and enforce laws and regulations pertaining to road traffic. Sometimes they provide evidence in traffic court cases.

In some provinces the duties of the traffic officer and the provincial inspector are combined. In others, a distinction is made between the traffic officer and the provincial inspector. Traffic officers control traffic and patrol roads and highways. Provincial inspectors protect the public from malpractice, particularly in commerce and ensure that trading hours are kept.


Municipalities and provincial governments

Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation or part-time work in a community centre

  • arrange to speak to traffic officers about this career and ask to observe them at work


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