According to the Telegraph, profits made by local authorities on parking fines have increased from £223million to £512million under the last three Labour Governments.
(PRWEB UK) 2 October 2013
The Telegraph reports on September 30 in the article ‘Councils Using CCTV cameras to Fine Motorists to be made Illegal Within Months’ that the Local Government secretary, Eric Pickles, has proposed plans to prevent councils from using CCTV as a means of fining drivers.
According to the Telegraph, profits made by local authorities on parking fines have increased from £223million to £512million under the last three Labour Governments. Under the Coalition government, it is believed that profits could be £635 million.
The proposals to make the practice of using CCTV cameras as a source of revenue illegal will apply to vehicles parked on streets which are covered by council traffic wardens, and not to private car parks. In October, the reforms will go into consultation for six weeks before the plans could be put in place in January.
Speaking of the plans, Eric Pickles told the Telegraph that:
“We want to rein in these over-zealous and unfair rules on parking enforcement, so it focuses on supporting high streets and motorists, not raising money. Parking spy cameras are just one example of this and a step too far. Public confidence is strengthened in CCTV if it is used to tackle crime, not to raise money for council officers.”
As a leading business security provider specialising in CCTV security systems, AlertSystems closely follow news relating to CCTV. A spokesperson for the company offered their thoughts:
“The principal use for a CCTV security system should be crime prevention and the safety of members of the public. There are many uses for CCTV such as monitoring traffic and supervising business premises, but these recent proposals could help to increase the public’s confidence in the use of these systems as tools to maintain low crime rates. The proposals also highlight the importance of using CCTV cameras responsibly and with a clear aim to combat crime and promote the safety of members of the public.”
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