POLL: Should CCTV “spy” cars be scrapped?

Are CCTV spy cars on their way out in Havering?

Are CCTV spy cars on their way out in Havering? - Credit: Archant

Today’s front page of the Recorder reported how Redbridge Council’s dreaded CCTV “spy” fleet is destined for the scrapheap with the government set to announce a ban.

The council raked in a staggering £1.4million from CCTV enforcement fines, which includes “spy” cars, in 2012/13.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles said last year he wanted to rein in “over-zealous and unfair rules on parking enforcement” in a bid to jump-start the country’s struggling high streets, a point reiterated by the department’s minister Brandon Lewis last week.

But Redbridge responded with: “We use CCTV where appropriate to help enforce the rules of the road.

“These rules protect the safety of motorists and pedestrians, and help the free movement of traffic.”

Do you think “spy” cars should be scrapped? Vote in our poll and send comments to robin.cottle@archant.co.uk.