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.”


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

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