Wirral's CCTV spy car will be banned under new Government rules

Wirral Globe: Wirral's CCTV spy car. Wirral's CCTV spy car.

THE use of CCTV “spy cars” to catch drivers who park illegally is to be banned, marking a victory for motorists and shoppers.

The move will rein in “greedy councils” who use the method of fining as a “cash cow”, and bring to an end the plague of tickets being issued by post.

Parking wardens will now have to fix tickets directly to windscreens instead, making it illegal for councils to issue penalties to drivers using just CCTV cars.

Wirral Council was among 58 local authorities to be highlighted in April for using their CCTV vehicle to capture traffic offences.

The camera car caught a total of 7,513 cars parked illegally between March 2008 and March 2013, resulting in a total income of £239,951 through fixed penalty notices.

Councillor Stuart Whittingham, Wirral’s cabinet member for highways and transportation, told the Globe: “Parking enforcement plays an important part in road safety, particularly for school children and the elderly, and the CCTV car forms only a small part of our enforcement activity.

"The car is primarily used to tackle dangerous parking outside schools but is also used in some town centres where there are problems with disruptive and illegal parking. 

“The previous government granted Wirral and many other authorities permission to use a camera car, so we have done so on that basis. We are now waiting for firm guidance from central government on the implications of this decision and will adapt our parking enforcement as required by any new laws introduced.”

Councils will still be able to use the CCTV cars to issue postal tickets for any offences that occur on critical routes, including those near schools, bus lanes, bus stops and on red routes.

But they will be forced to publish how income from parking charges is used.

The ban follows a three-month consultation.

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10:24am Tue 24 Jun 14

bigfoot says...

Sure as God made. little apples,they WILL find away! Ideas such as colour,length and width of vehicle,nothing surprises me about the antics of these creationist clowns!
Sure as God made. little apples,they WILL find away! Ideas such as colour,length and width of vehicle,nothing surprises me about the antics of these creationist clowns! bigfoot
  • Score: 1

11:59am Tue 24 Jun 14

Hon says...

Poor article. If you read what was said on the BBC is that CCTV vehicles will still be allowed to enforce critical areas including outside schools, bus stops etc which from what I've read is mostly what Wirral uses it for.....
Poor article. If you read what was said on the BBC is that CCTV vehicles will still be allowed to enforce critical areas including outside schools, bus stops etc which from what I've read is mostly what Wirral uses it for..... Hon
  • Score: 8

12:03pm Tue 24 Jun 14

JohnON says...

Trotting out the same old excuse about parking near schools...... but not at school dinner times or finishing times, apparently.

If something was ever actually done about the parking on pavements, parking on corners, double parking, blocking people's driveways, etc outside schools, I'd have a bit more sympathy for the excuse (and the CCTV).
Trotting out the same old excuse about parking near schools...... but not at school dinner times or finishing times, apparently. If something was ever actually done about the parking on pavements, parking on corners, double parking, blocking people's driveways, etc outside schools, I'd have a bit more sympathy for the excuse (and the CCTV). JohnON
  • Score: 6

1:59pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Llamedos 1 says...

I have no objection to the use of this equipment for serious offences such as parking on zig zag crossings, schools etc but WBC have use this obnoxious piece of gear (as identified not only by the public but also our own national government) as a cash cow for many years now and its not before time that this ban or restriction or whatever Mr Pickels has decided was imposed to stop these guilty councils from ripping the motorist off.The whole point of the decriminalised parking legislation was to free up the police from this minor duty and hand the safety and free flowing road monitoring to our local authorities not to issue parking fines to the elderly drawing cash from ATM`s which they were adept at doing. So, well done Mr Pickles, WBC will have to find another way to screw us
I have no objection to the use of this equipment for serious offences such as parking on zig zag crossings, schools etc but WBC have use this obnoxious piece of gear (as identified not only by the public but also our own national government) as a cash cow for many years now and its not before time that this ban or restriction or whatever Mr Pickels has decided was imposed to stop these guilty councils from ripping the motorist off.The whole point of the decriminalised parking legislation was to free up the police from this minor duty and hand the safety and free flowing road monitoring to our local authorities not to issue parking fines to the elderly drawing cash from ATM`s which they were adept at doing. So, well done Mr Pickles, WBC will have to find another way to screw us Llamedos 1
  • Score: 7

3:21pm Tue 24 Jun 14

PaulCa says...

And here's a reminder of how Wirral Council under Stuart Whittingham will be abusing our trust and filling their coffers again in the very near future, despite this partial ban. £12,000 ripped from one "very special" bus stop on Seaview Road, Wallasey:

http://goo.gl/XUFuqa


There are several links here also to Globe articles on these spy-in-the-community vehicles - including that time when the operator flung open his spy car door and had it ripped off by a passing vehicle.
And here's a reminder of how Wirral Council under Stuart Whittingham will be abusing our trust and filling their coffers again in the very near future, despite this partial ban. £12,000 ripped from one "very special" bus stop on Seaview Road, Wallasey: http://goo.gl/XUFuqa There are several links here also to Globe articles on these spy-in-the-community vehicles - including that time when the operator flung open his spy car door and had it ripped off by a passing vehicle. PaulCa
  • Score: -4

4:24pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Heycock says...

PaulCa wrote:
And here's a reminder of how Wirral Council under Stuart Whittingham will be abusing our trust and filling their coffers again in the very near future, despite this partial ban. £12,000 ripped from one "very special" bus stop on Seaview Road, Wallasey:

http://goo.gl/XUFuqa



There are several links here also to Globe articles on these spy-in-the-community vehicles - including that time when the operator flung open his spy car door and had it ripped off by a passing vehicle.
Yes. It was illegally parked in Bebington at the time.
[quote][p][bold]PaulCa[/bold] wrote: And here's a reminder of how Wirral Council under Stuart Whittingham will be abusing our trust and filling their coffers again in the very near future, despite this partial ban. £12,000 ripped from one "very special" bus stop on Seaview Road, Wallasey: http://goo.gl/XUFuqa There are several links here also to Globe articles on these spy-in-the-community vehicles - including that time when the operator flung open his spy car door and had it ripped off by a passing vehicle.[/p][/quote]Yes. It was illegally parked in Bebington at the time. Heycock
  • Score: 0

7:24pm Tue 24 Jun 14

ballacrain says...

Can anyone see this council being up front and telling what moneys gathered are used on.
Can anyone see this council being up front and telling what moneys gathered are used on. ballacrain
  • Score: -2

1:03pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Hugo1008 says...

If the move goes ahead to ban this objectionable money making machine W B C will have to think again on how to fill the trough of plenty feeding the most useless bunch of Elected and Employed Senior so called Managers or Councillors that the Wirral has ever seen in its entire history.
We have witnessed the most cruel and vile treatment dished out to Whistle Blowers, on top of the theft and deceit practiced upon those least able to fend for themselves. We have seen millions in cash , salaries, pensions, and expenses, wasted lost or disposed of in some very curious deceptive behind closed door circumstances.
Together with numerous disreputable characters who failed miserably in their appointed tasks, rewarded, feted, and congratulated on being total failures walk away without any sort of accountability. to the public and electorate of Wirral.
So called independent outside inspections have been buried, watered down, or just concealed and liberally coated with white wash, so as to gain the dubious National Title of the worst managed and governed local authority in the entire British Isles.
Time and again the National Coalition Government have been tempted to move in and appoint some nationally recognized administrators to take control and restore a proper Democratic Honest Clean System in Wirral, but the depth of deceit and subterfuge daunts even them.
So remember this next time you vote and lets clean the whole system out once and for all. Its the only hope you have got.
If the move goes ahead to ban this objectionable money making machine W B C will have to think again on how to fill the trough of plenty feeding the most useless bunch of Elected and Employed Senior so called Managers or Councillors that the Wirral has ever seen in its entire history. We have witnessed the most cruel and vile treatment dished out to Whistle Blowers, on top of the theft and deceit practiced upon those least able to fend for themselves. We have seen millions in cash , salaries, pensions, and expenses, wasted lost or disposed of in some very curious deceptive behind closed door circumstances. Together with numerous disreputable characters who failed miserably in their appointed tasks, rewarded, feted, and congratulated on being total failures walk away without any sort of accountability. to the public and electorate of Wirral. So called independent outside inspections have been buried, watered down, or just concealed and liberally coated with white wash, so as to gain the dubious National Title of the worst managed and governed local authority in the entire British Isles. Time and again the National Coalition Government have been tempted to move in and appoint some nationally recognized administrators to take control and restore a proper Democratic Honest Clean System in Wirral, but the depth of deceit and subterfuge daunts even them. So remember this next time you vote and lets clean the whole system out once and for all. Its the only hope you have got. Hugo1008
  • Score: 2

2:23pm Thu 26 Jun 14

rover600 says...

Love all the whining but how many of you can hold your hands up and honestly say "I did not vote for any one of the clowns at the recent local elections" .. I will hold my hand up high proudly, sadly the majority are quite happy to be governed by the same bunch of lying, deceiving, incompetents and continue to highlight their incompetence instead. The failure of the local voters to deliver a damning verdict on them is instead interpreted as a ringing endorsement for 'business as usual'....
Love all the whining but how many of you can hold your hands up and honestly say "I did not vote for any one of the clowns at the recent local elections" .. I will hold my hand up high proudly, sadly the majority are quite happy to be governed by the same bunch of lying, deceiving, incompetents and continue to highlight their incompetence instead. The failure of the local voters to deliver a damning verdict on them is instead interpreted as a ringing endorsement for 'business as usual'.... rover600
  • Score: 1

7:17pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Carehaul says...

How about don't park where you are not meant too! Sorry, but as the driver of a large van I don't see why my customers should be kept waiting because some ar@@hole blocks off a road by parking in a spot that a fire engine or ambulance can't get through. Fine them, more like shoot them!
How about don't park where you are not meant too! Sorry, but as the driver of a large van I don't see why my customers should be kept waiting because some ar@@hole blocks off a road by parking in a spot that a fire engine or ambulance can't get through. Fine them, more like shoot them! Carehaul
  • Score: 1

12:07am Fri 27 Jun 14

JADEE1 says...

well well is that a general election i can smell in the air,??
well well is that a general election i can smell in the air,?? JADEE1
  • Score: 1

12:21am Fri 27 Jun 14

JADEE1 says...

the leader of the labour council cll phil davies will get shut of it,co,s if he doesnt, come next may when he needs our vote we will get shut of him,just like the other lame duck, EX CLLR BRIAN KENY.& THAT WAS NOT A PROTEST VOTE,WE BOOTED HIM OUT,so think on phil..!!
the leader of the labour council cll phil davies will get shut of it,co,s if he doesnt, come next may when he needs our vote we will get shut of him,just like the other lame duck, EX CLLR BRIAN KENY.& THAT WAS NOT A PROTEST VOTE,WE BOOTED HIM OUT,so think on phil..!! JADEE1
  • Score: 1

9:40pm Fri 27 Jun 14

cheswall says...

Don't park where you shouldn't and you won't be fined, no matter what cameras are used. Staggers me that people are complaining about being caught breaking the law
Don't park where you shouldn't and you won't be fined, no matter what cameras are used. Staggers me that people are complaining about being caught breaking the law cheswall
  • Score: 3

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