Thomas Bridge 23 June 2014

Pickles outlaws CCTV parking ‘spy cars’

Councils will be banned from using CCTV ‘spy cars’ alone to enforce on street parking as part of efforts to support local shops.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles said the move would protect drivers from ‘greedy’ councils and reign in ‘over-zealous’ parking enforcement that damaged local high streets.

The ban will become law through the Deregulation Bill and follows a three-month consultation.

Parking tickets will now have to be fixed to a vehicle’s windscreen by parking wardens, making it illegal for local authorities to issue drivers with penalty charge notices using CCTV ‘spy cars’ alone.

Pickles said: ‘CCTV spy cars can be seen lurking on every street raking in cash for greedy councils and breaking the rules that clearly state that fines should not be used to generate profit for town halls.

‘Over-zealous parking enforcement and unreasonable stealth fines by post undermine the high street, push up the cost of living and cost local authorities more in the long term.

‘Today the Government is taking urgently needed action to ban this clear abuse of CCTV, which should be used to catch criminals, and not as a cash cow.’

Local authorities were accused of raising £1.3bn in parking fines in 2010, while recent estimates suggested town halls used CCTV equipment to issue £312m of Fixed Penalty Notices between 2008 and 2013.

The Local Government Association has consistently warned a ban on CCTV parking cameras could endanger children by making it ‘impossible’ to tackle dangerous parking outside of schools.

Further measures announced by the Government include granting powers to communities and local firms to demand a review of parking in their area, including charges and application of yellow lines.

A freeze on parking penalty charges will also be maintained for the remainder of this Parliament. Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: ‘These measures will deliver a fairer deal for motorists, ensuring that parking enforcement is proportionate, that school children are protected and buses can move freely, and that key routes are kept clear.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Health Care Assistant - A1 Home Care - Chelmsford

Essex County Council
£10 - £11 per hour
Essex County Council (ECC) are delighted to be supporting A1 Home Care to recruit Health Care Assistant for their home care service based in Chelmsfor England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Administration Officer

The Coal Authority
£19,137 to £21,264
To apply please click the Apply Now link below. Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Recuriter: The Coal Authority

Programme Assistant

City of York Council
£11.37 per hour
We are WorkwithYork and we are working with our client to find a Programme Assistant working with the Homes for Ukraine project. York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

IT Security Manager

City of Bradford MDC
£42,614 - £47,665 pa
This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic IT Security Manager Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of Bradford MDC

Recovery Support Worker x 3

Wakefield Council
£12,963.50 - 14,113.00
We are seeking to appoint suitably skilled, motivated and caring recovery support workers Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Wakefield Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.