Kingston Council deny CCTV cars which have raised £2.7m are 'prowling for easy targets'

Kingston Council deny CCTV cars which have raised £2.7m are 'prowling for easy targets'

Kingston Council deny CCTV cars which have raised £2.7m are 'prowling for easy targets'

Kingston Council deny CCTV cars which have raised £2.7m are 'prowling for easy targets'

Kingston Council deny CCTV cars which have raised £2.7m are 'prowling for easy targets'

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

Kingston Council’s infamous CCTV enforcement cars are a source of annoyance for many residents.

But did one Facebook user go too far in mocking up this video (right) of one of the cars being blown up by a heat-seeking missile?

A report into the council’s use of CCTV cars was released this week by pressure group Big Brother Watch calling for a ban, barring exceptional circumstances.

Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis said: “It is clear CCTV is being used to raise money in industrial volumes for town halls, breaking the constitutional principle that fines should not be used as a source of revenue.”

Kingston’s first ticket issued by a CCTV car came in September 2007. Since then more than 48,000 have been issued, totalling £2.7m in parking fines.

A council spokesman said: “The use of CCTV cars in the borough is focused on ensuring safe parking around schools and reducing congestion on primary routes.

“Our CCTV cars do not prowl residential roads looking for ‘easy targets’."

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7:25am Fri 18 Apr 14

Beverly RA says...

So we can take then that no tickets have been issued in none primary roads . Except when there are Schools involved . Thats nice to know , but lets see the evidence of that by publishing locations of areas where parking tickets have been issued in the past year. Maybe the Comet can get that info under the FOIA ?
So we can take then that no tickets have been issued in none primary roads . Except when there are Schools involved . Thats nice to know , but lets see the evidence of that by publishing locations of areas where parking tickets have been issued in the past year. Maybe the Comet can get that info under the FOIA ? Beverly RA
  • Score: -4

5:15pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Vhouse says...

The complete RBK Parking system is a joke!!!

I got a ticket from one of these cars as I had had to pull onto the pavement in Thornhill Rd. An arguement was in progress with a bus and some cars at the junction with Malvern Rd where the road narrows with the use of traffic "calming" islands. I pulled onto the pavement to give them all some more room and to diffuse the situation. My sister and I were still in the car with the engine running and so I was not actually parked and yet I still got a ticket.

If this wasn't bad enough I sent an appeal letter and when I didnot get a response I appealed using the RBK online parking system.

I then got a letter saying that as I hadn't paid or appealed the ticket had been forwarded to a court for processing. This is still in progress.

I was obviously having a bad couple of months - no tickets for years and then 2. I got a ticket for being in a bus lane. As I agreed with this ticket I again logged onto the RBK online parking system using the PCN number for the bus lane ticket. The system showed all tickets dating dack to 2011 EXCEPT the Bus Lane ticket. As I had previous experience in the failings of this system I then used the automated phone system to see if the ticket was still valid - it was and I was able to pay using the phone.

If I had just left it as the ticket was not shown on the system, the fine would have increased, thus costing me more money.

I am sure that there must be other people that have fallen into this trap and have ended up having to pay a higher fine.
The complete RBK Parking system is a joke!!! I got a ticket from one of these cars as I had had to pull onto the pavement in Thornhill Rd. An arguement was in progress with a bus and some cars at the junction with Malvern Rd where the road narrows with the use of traffic "calming" islands. I pulled onto the pavement to give them all some more room and to diffuse the situation. My sister and I were still in the car with the engine running and so I was not actually parked and yet I still got a ticket. If this wasn't bad enough I sent an appeal letter and when I didnot get a response I appealed using the RBK online parking system. I then got a letter saying that as I hadn't paid or appealed the ticket had been forwarded to a court for processing. This is still in progress. I was obviously having a bad couple of months - no tickets for years and then 2. I got a ticket for being in a bus lane. As I agreed with this ticket I again logged onto the RBK online parking system using the PCN number for the bus lane ticket. The system showed all tickets dating dack to 2011 EXCEPT the Bus Lane ticket. As I had previous experience in the failings of this system I then used the automated phone system to see if the ticket was still valid - it was and I was able to pay using the phone. If I had just left it as the ticket was not shown on the system, the fine would have increased, thus costing me more money. I am sure that there must be other people that have fallen into this trap and have ended up having to pay a higher fine. Vhouse
  • Score: -2

7:33pm Fri 18 Apr 14

helen59 says...

well they would say that wouldn't they !
well they would say that wouldn't they ! helen59
  • Score: -2

9:40am Sat 19 Apr 14

JPR says...

"they serve the people" and keep the change...
"they serve the people" and keep the change... JPR
  • Score: -1

6:09pm Sat 19 Apr 14

pinky107 says...

kingston councillors are full of crap . any way to get money out of us to be wasted on stupid schemes ( tolworth greenway ? againts the wishes of locals ) , and to top up their pensions and the rose theatre .
i thought an m.p had told councils to stop using these cash machines ?
if these cars are to be used , make sure they abide by the laws as i don't think it right they can park any where they please in order to catch people , practice what you preach !!
kingston councillors are full of crap . any way to get money out of us to be wasted on stupid schemes ( tolworth greenway ? againts the wishes of locals ) , and to top up their pensions and the rose theatre . i thought an m.p had told councils to stop using these cash machines ? if these cars are to be used , make sure they abide by the laws as i don't think it right they can park any where they please in order to catch people , practice what you preach !! pinky107
  • Score: -5

10:38pm Sat 19 Apr 14

OKbyMe says...

pinky107 wrote:
kingston councillors are full of crap . any way to get money out of us to be wasted on stupid schemes ( tolworth greenway ? againts the wishes of locals ) , and to top up their pensions and the rose theatre .
i thought an m.p had told councils to stop using these cash machines ?
if these cars are to be used , make sure they abide by the laws as i don't think it right they can park any where they please in order to catch people , practice what you preach !!
I agree with the last sentence about the double standards of these cars parking illegally to do their work.
[quote][p][bold]pinky107[/bold] wrote: kingston councillors are full of crap . any way to get money out of us to be wasted on stupid schemes ( tolworth greenway ? againts the wishes of locals ) , and to top up their pensions and the rose theatre . i thought an m.p had told councils to stop using these cash machines ? if these cars are to be used , make sure they abide by the laws as i don't think it right they can park any where they please in order to catch people , practice what you preach !![/p][/quote]I agree with the last sentence about the double standards of these cars parking illegally to do their work. OKbyMe
  • Score: -1

10:39pm Sat 19 Apr 14

OKbyMe says...

pinky107 wrote:
kingston councillors are full of crap . any way to get money out of us to be wasted on stupid schemes ( tolworth greenway ? againts the wishes of locals ) , and to top up their pensions and the rose theatre .
i thought an m.p had told councils to stop using these cash machines ?
if these cars are to be used , make sure they abide by the laws as i don't think it right they can park any where they please in order to catch people , practice what you preach !!
I agree with the last sentence about the double standards of these cars parking illegally to do their work.
[quote][p][bold]pinky107[/bold] wrote: kingston councillors are full of crap . any way to get money out of us to be wasted on stupid schemes ( tolworth greenway ? againts the wishes of locals ) , and to top up their pensions and the rose theatre . i thought an m.p had told councils to stop using these cash machines ? if these cars are to be used , make sure they abide by the laws as i don't think it right they can park any where they please in order to catch people , practice what you preach !![/p][/quote]I agree with the last sentence about the double standards of these cars parking illegally to do their work. OKbyMe
  • Score: -1

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