We’re watching you: Council pays for third CCTV car to patrol Redbridge’s roads

One of Redbridge's Smart cars, which patrols the roads to enforce parking rules

One of Redbridge's Smart cars, which patrols the roads to enforce parking rules - Credit: Archant

Surveillance will be upped on the borough’s roads with the introduction of more CCTV cameras.

Redbridge Council will use a new CCTV vehicle, as well as extra cameras, to watch for illegal parking around schools and traffic offences such as banned turns and entering yellow box junctions.

The Smart car will be the third CCTV-equipped vehicle patrolling the borough.

Cllr Shoaib Patel, cabinet member for environment, transportation and crime, explained why the decision was taken: “We receive an increasing number of complaints from residents and teachers about congestion and safety around schools.

“The highways service is also aware of a growing number of road safety issues where more and more drivers are ignoring the road traffic restrictions in place and thereby placing other road users and pedestrians at risk.”

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Johnston Road and Snakes Lane East and West, all in Woodford Green, will be targeted because, according to Mr Patel, “increasing numbers of drivers are ignoring the banned right turn”.

The council plans to use the extra cameras in more places if necessary.

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