Ban on councils using CCTV cameras and ‘spy cars’ to enforce parking restrictions
A ban on councils using CCTV cameras and ‘spy cars’ to enforce parking restrictions will become law through the Deregulation Bill this autumn. Eric Pickles, the local government secretary, said the decision had been taken, following a three-month consultation, in order to stop ‘over-zealous’ enforcement. Parking wardens will now 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.
Under the plans, drivers will also be encouraged to appeal against more parking tickets, with the introduction of a 25 per cent discount for those who try to overturn a fine but fail.
While the move to prohibit the use of CCTV and spy cars to generate revenue is welcomed, the very suggestion that there needs to be further challenges made by those who receive parking tickets, and an incentivised 25 per cent reduction in fines if the challenge is unsuccessful, surely illustrates a lack of trust by the government in those appointed by local councils to enforce parking restrictions appropriately…
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