A council-contracted spy car driver has been dismissed for driving through a no entry road in Chingford last month

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A Waltham Forest spy car driver has been sacked after his employers were sent footage of him driving illegally.

The video, uploaded to YouTube and sent to the council's parking enforcement contractors, NSL, was filmed on April 16 by the No To Mob.

Group members Steve Baker, from Enfield, and Steve Brown, from Broxbourne, captured the spy car as it drove through two no entry signs in Hampton Road, Chingford, last month. 

Born out of the bikers movement, the group, which now has 1,100 members, aims to challenge what it calls "revenue driven enforcement" and "hypocrisy" by local authorities looking to make a "quick buck."

Shortly after the illegal manoeuvre was videoed, the footage was sent to NSL, which fines hundreds of drivers a year for similar offences.

Prompting an internal investigation, the driver was immediately suspended pending the outcome of a disciplinary process which ended yesterday.

The driver has now been sacked.

Belinda Webb, of NSL, said: "An allegation was made against an NSL driver, who was reported to have driven down a one-way street in Waltham Forest on April 16.

"As a result an investigation took place, which concluded that the driver had, in summary, driven without due care.

"This driver has been dismissed for gross misconduct. As can be expected of an organisation that is tasked with a role whose primary purpose is road safety and minimising road congestion, NSL takes a very serious view of driving related contraventions."

A week ago today a 43 year-old woman was run over on the pavement of Kings Head Hill in Chingford after a NSL employee driving a silver Toyota Yaris spy car mounted the pavement.

According to the council, there are currently four CCTV cars that operate in the borough. 

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1:39pm Tue 13 May 14

mdj says...

' ..the driver had, in summary, driven without due care'

No, he broke the law.
The fact that you can regularly see these cars sitting on double yellow lines, supposedly 'in the line of duty', but very often clearly not, shows that there's a culture of impunity that goes to the top.
Create a category- any category - of people who are allowed to wear uniforms and given powers that differ from those of the ordinary citizen, and abuse is bound to follow.

The fact that it took members of the public to report this particular abuse shows how respectful of the law the company's management procedures must be.
' ..the driver had, in summary, driven without due care' No, he broke the law. The fact that you can regularly see these cars sitting on double yellow lines, supposedly 'in the line of duty', but very often clearly not, shows that there's a culture of impunity that goes to the top. Create a category- any category - of people who are allowed to wear uniforms and given powers that differ from those of the ordinary citizen, and abuse is bound to follow. The fact that it took members of the public to report this particular abuse shows how respectful of the law the company's management procedures must be. mdj
  • Score: 21

1:54pm Tue 13 May 14

e17neighbour says...

Eric Pickles has called time on these CCTV cars. Why are they still operating in Waltham Forest, when the government has already stipulated that local councils are not legally allowed to use these vehicles to generate revenue for local authorities?
Eric Pickles has called time on these CCTV cars. Why are they still operating in Waltham Forest, when the government has already stipulated that local councils are not legally allowed to use these vehicles to generate revenue for local authorities? e17neighbour
  • Score: 20

2:20pm Tue 13 May 14

everoptimistic says...

Well, Eric Pickles has called time on the Waltham Forest News but one has just been pushed through my letter box. Our council are a law unto themselves.
Well, Eric Pickles has called time on the Waltham Forest News but one has just been pushed through my letter box. Our council are a law unto themselves. everoptimistic
  • Score: 18

2:29pm Tue 13 May 14

everoptimistic says...

After I posted my comment I was reading the 'Meat Thief' article and noticed at the end of it a copy of a letter to our illustrious leader from the Department of Community a Local Government re lack of statutory advertising. Interesting, not the least as it seems to have nothing to do with stolen meat.
After I posted my comment I was reading the 'Meat Thief' article and noticed at the end of it a copy of a letter to our illustrious leader from the Department of Community a Local Government re lack of statutory advertising. Interesting, not the least as it seems to have nothing to do with stolen meat. everoptimistic
  • Score: 5

4:40pm Tue 13 May 14

pjcoopjazz says...

Good work! This is totally about revenue generation and nothing else. Must get me one of those Dash Cams to contribute myself!
Good work! This is totally about revenue generation and nothing else. Must get me one of those Dash Cams to contribute myself! pjcoopjazz
  • Score: 10

6:23pm Tue 13 May 14

chingford lad says...

Well you all know who not to vote for in the coming local elections.
Well you all know who not to vote for in the coming local elections. chingford lad
  • Score: 9

6:26pm Tue 13 May 14

kirstywright says...

years ago in London traffic wardens employers were the met police answerable to high ranking police officers their job was to keep traffic moving and a ticket was the last resort - but the council moaned that they did more yellow lines with money going to the police force then council owned parking meters - residents parking bays and council owned car parks - so the council got their own way with their own wardens which came with poor training - poor pay- scruffy uniforms- a rota of tickets so it was just a revenue ploy by the council and hey presto the met police wardens were made redundant and we are left with the mob we have now run by white collar council workers who don't really have a clue , except to squeeze as much cash out of the motorist as possible.
years ago in London traffic wardens employers were the met police answerable to high ranking police officers their job was to keep traffic moving and a ticket was the last resort - but the council moaned that they did more yellow lines with money going to the police force then council owned parking meters - residents parking bays and council owned car parks - so the council got their own way with their own wardens which came with poor training - poor pay- scruffy uniforms- a rota of tickets so it was just a revenue ploy by the council and hey presto the met police wardens were made redundant and we are left with the mob we have now run by white collar council workers who don't really have a clue , except to squeeze as much cash out of the motorist as possible. kirstywright
  • Score: 14

11:12am Wed 14 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

pjcoopjazz wrote:
Good work! This is totally about revenue generation and nothing else. Must get me one of those Dash Cams to contribute myself!
They are only £20 and well worth it!
[quote][p][bold]pjcoopjazz[/bold] wrote: Good work! This is totally about revenue generation and nothing else. Must get me one of those Dash Cams to contribute myself![/p][/quote]They are only £20 and well worth it! Villagecranberry
  • Score: 3

7:43pm Wed 14 May 14

Frawelta says...

Gross misconduct ahhhh who is she kidding!!! he's just been used as and scape goat. she should really take a hard long look at herself and NSL managers and Supervisors and see what Gross misconduct is. Or is it because the public don't know what's happening inside NSL. Pretences pretences. but do not be foul we all will have our turn to the BARBER at some point. HYPOCRITES
Gross misconduct ahhhh who is she kidding!!! he's just been used as and scape goat. she should really take a hard long look at herself and NSL managers and Supervisors and see what Gross misconduct is. Or is it because the public don't know what's happening inside NSL. Pretences pretences. but do not be foul we all will have our turn to the BARBER at some point. HYPOCRITES Frawelta
  • Score: 5

11:31am Thu 15 May 14

myopinioncounts says...

Has he been sacked? As we do not know his name it would be very easy for NSL to 'gloss' over the incident and keep him on.
Has he been sacked? As we do not know his name it would be very easy for NSL to 'gloss' over the incident and keep him on. myopinioncounts
  • Score: 6

4:49pm Thu 15 May 14

The Bald Eagle says...

Disappointed to note that you report that NSL Ltd fine "hundreds of drivers a year"

NSL lTD don't fine anybody, they just capture the contraventions through cctv (static and mobile) and the council issue the fines.

And if you look at this on a national scale (which this is) it is true to say that councils (via the likes of NSL Ltd and CCTV cameras), actually issue MILLIONS of tickets a year.

Every ticket issued by a council via cctv is an admission of failure by that council to ensure that our roads are safe and free flowing. Multiply that by several million and you can see that councils are failing in their duty of care to the public on an industrial scale.

So is it really about safety and traffic flow or have you come to the same conclusion as the members of the No To MOB, i.e.

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY
Disappointed to note that you report that NSL Ltd fine "hundreds of drivers a year" NSL lTD don't fine anybody, they just capture the contraventions through cctv (static and mobile) and the council issue the fines. And if you look at this on a national scale (which this is) it is true to say that councils (via the likes of NSL Ltd and CCTV cameras), actually issue MILLIONS of tickets a year. Every ticket issued by a council via cctv is an admission of failure by that council to ensure that our roads are safe and free flowing. Multiply that by several million and you can see that councils are failing in their duty of care to the public on an industrial scale. So is it really about safety and traffic flow or have you come to the same conclusion as the members of the No To MOB, i.e. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY The Bald Eagle
  • Score: 4

3:50pm Sat 17 May 14

Thunderbird4 says...

As there is not enough road space for residents and visitors in WF, (hence the spay cars), perhaps the LBWF should retire the spy cars and introduce their own Congestion Charge. Just a thought.
As there is not enough road space for residents and visitors in WF, (hence the spay cars), perhaps the LBWF should retire the spy cars and introduce their own Congestion Charge. Just a thought. Thunderbird4
  • Score: 0

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