End of CCTV spells return of parking wardens

Coach operators are delighted by the news that the Government will make it illegal to use CCTV ‘spy cars’ alone to enforce on-street parking. It will end the plague of parking tickets by post, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin have announced. .

The announcement is one of a range of measures to give a fairer deal by reining in over-zealous parking enforcement.

The long called-for ban will become law through the Deregulation Bill. Tickets will have to be fixed to the windscreen by parking wardens, making it illegal for councils to issue penalty charge notices to drivers using CCTV spy cars. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles says: “The Government is taking urgently needed action to ban this clear abuse of CCTV, which should be used to catch criminals, and not as a cash cow.”

Parking officers will now carry out all essential enforcement, limiting the use of CCTV to issue tickets by post to critical routes.