CCTV 'spy' cars to be banned

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The use of CCTV "spy cars" to catch people who park illegally is to be banned, the Government announced, marking a victory for drivers and shoppers.

The move will rein in "greedy councils" who use the method of fining as a "cash cow", and bring to an end the "plague" of tickets being issued by post.

Parking wardens will instead have to fix tickets directly to windscreens, making it illegal for councils to issue penalties to drivers using just the CCTV spy cars currently used for on-street parking enforcement.

Councils will still be able to use the CCTV to issue postal tickets for any offences that occur on critical routes, such as those near schools and bus lanes, bus stops and on "red routes".

There has been a marked increase in the use of CCTV to enforce parking regulations since it was introduced under Labour in 2004, and nine million parking fines are now handed out by local authorities in England every year, raking in £1.3 billion in 2010.

The ban is being introduced to rein in "over-zealous parking enforcement practices", which the Government says has forced people to shop in out-of-town centres or online, and give motorists and local shops a "fairer deal".

Other measures being introduced include trialling a 25% discount for motorists who lose an appeal against a parking ticket and no longer fining drivers parking near broken meters if there is no other way to pay.

Residents and businesses will have the right to demand a review of parking in their area, including the use of yellow lines and charges, and parking guidance will be reformed so it is less "heavy-handed" with motorists to stop over-aggression from bailiffs.

Councils will also be forced to publish how income from parking charges is used, and the cost of penalty notices will be frozen for the remainder of this parliament.

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11:16am Sat 21 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

Superb news. When one thinks of the costs of all this and the anomaly where these cars park in a similar fashion to obtain evidence, it is ridiculous. The entire enforcement is too heavy handed and in my view it should return to the previous ways where motorists were given a warning and a grace period of a few minutes to post a letter or buy a newspaper and so on.
Superb news. When one thinks of the costs of all this and the anomaly where these cars park in a similar fashion to obtain evidence, it is ridiculous. The entire enforcement is too heavy handed and in my view it should return to the previous ways where motorists were given a warning and a grace period of a few minutes to post a letter or buy a newspaper and so on. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -14

11:51am Sat 21 Jun 14

mdj says...

These cars cost at least £50,000 a year to run, and the Council has several, with presumably ongoing financial commitments which will now be much harder to fund.
I can't wait to see how their paper spins this very welcome news as a triumph!
These cars cost at least £50,000 a year to run, and the Council has several, with presumably ongoing financial commitments which will now be much harder to fund. I can't wait to see how their paper spins this very welcome news as a triumph! mdj
  • Score: 11

1:26pm Sat 21 Jun 14

HottRedMan says...

Good, as above LBWF seems to have more of these cars than any of their neighbouring councils.
Would be glad to see the back of them.
Good, as above LBWF seems to have more of these cars than any of their neighbouring councils. Would be glad to see the back of them. HottRedMan
  • Score: 16

2:17pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Go42 says...

In response to MDJ, as Waltham Forest News, masquerading as a newspaper of record, has to my memory never mentioned them, I doubt that they will have much to say about CCTV cars! Try emailing them, last time I tried that some time ago, I received an automated reply stating that they do not necessarily read their emails.
In response to MDJ, as Waltham Forest News, masquerading as a newspaper of record, has to my memory never mentioned them, I doubt that they will have much to say about CCTV cars! Try emailing them, last time I tried that some time ago, I received an automated reply stating that they do not necessarily read their emails. Go42
  • Score: 13

3:39pm Sat 21 Jun 14

bullyboy says...

FANTASTIC NEWS NO MORE LEGAL HIGHWAYMAN PREYING ON TRAVELLERS JUST HOPE THE ROBBERS WHO HAD A BIG SMUG ON THERE FACE WHO WERE DRIVING THESE CARS ROBBING PEOPLE ALL LOSE THERE JOBS NOW HA HA LOL
FANTASTIC NEWS NO MORE LEGAL HIGHWAYMAN PREYING ON TRAVELLERS JUST HOPE THE ROBBERS WHO HAD A BIG SMUG ON THERE FACE WHO WERE DRIVING THESE CARS ROBBING PEOPLE ALL LOSE THERE JOBS NOW HA HA LOL bullyboy
  • Score: 13

4:39pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

bullyboy wrote:
FANTASTIC NEWS NO MORE LEGAL HIGHWAYMAN PREYING ON TRAVELLERS JUST HOPE THE ROBBERS WHO HAD A BIG SMUG ON THERE FACE WHO WERE DRIVING THESE CARS ROBBING PEOPLE ALL LOSE THERE JOBS NOW HA HA LOL
Cap button stuck ?
[quote][p][bold]bullyboy[/bold] wrote: FANTASTIC NEWS NO MORE LEGAL HIGHWAYMAN PREYING ON TRAVELLERS JUST HOPE THE ROBBERS WHO HAD A BIG SMUG ON THERE FACE WHO WERE DRIVING THESE CARS ROBBING PEOPLE ALL LOSE THERE JOBS NOW HA HA LOL[/p][/quote]Cap button stuck ? Villagecranberry
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3:53pm Sun 22 Jun 14

parkingtrouble says...

A welcome change to the law. Static cameras too should be banned from issuing parking tickets.
A welcome change to the law. Static cameras too should be banned from issuing parking tickets. parkingtrouble
  • Score: 3

9:42pm Sun 22 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

A disaster for London and all attempts to rid it of car plague.

Wrongly issued fines are exactly what they are, but if you break the rules you should pay. And you should pay for killing your fellow citizens with your pollution. Lets hope that's next on the list.
A disaster for London and all attempts to rid it of car plague. Wrongly issued fines are exactly what they are, but if you break the rules you should pay. And you should pay for killing your fellow citizens with your pollution. Lets hope that's next on the list. stickmanny
  • Score: -7

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