Campaigners welcome curb on powers of 'spy cars'

Trish and Steve Baker of  No To Mob beside a CCTV spy car in Tufton Road, Chingford.

Trish and Steve Baker of No To Mob beside a CCTV spy car in Tufton Road, Chingford.

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A campaign group has welcomed a government decision to ban so-called ‘spy cars’ from issuing parking enforcement fines.

The government on Saturday announced a raft of measures to clamp-down on certain parking enforcement practices employed by councils, such as using the cars for illegal on-street parking offences.

By the autumn, the deregulation bill will come into force, making it illegal for CCTV spy cars and static cameras to issue fixed penalty notices for on-street parking but not moving traffic violations.

The No To Mob, set up in July 2010, warns motorists about hotspots and exposes flaws in council CCTV spy car and static camera operations. 

Member Steve Baker, from Enfield, regularly visits Waltham Forest and was one of two members who recently videoed a council spy car driver ignoring two no-entry signs in Hampton Road, Chingford.

He said: "This is a stunning victory for us as we were the only campaign group that really challenged the parking enforcement industry."

Councils will still be able to use the cars to issue postal tickets for any offences that occur on critical routes, such as zigzag lines, bus stops, bus lanes and red routes.

For more on this story see this week's Waltham Forest Guardian.

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6:26pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Silent Majority 2009 says...

Not before time. Cllr Loakes claim they are not fund raising devices now we have the Government provi g that they are. Even London Councils claim they will loose money so why not be open and honest and raise the Council tax instead of attacking motorists!
Not before time. Cllr Loakes claim they are not fund raising devices now we have the Government provi g that they are. Even London Councils claim they will loose money so why not be open and honest and raise the Council tax instead of attacking motorists! Silent Majority 2009
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6:34pm Mon 23 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

Why should I pay for your mistakes?
Why should I pay for your mistakes? stickmanny
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9:28pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

stickmanny wrote:
Why should I pay for your mistakes?
Yes agree.
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: Why should I pay for your mistakes?[/p][/quote]Yes agree. Villagecranberry
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