Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles says CCTV should be used for catching criminals and not as “a great casino for local authorities to get some more money”.
Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles was commenting on plans by the Government to ban councils from using CCTV cameras and “spy cars” to impose parking fines on motorists.
“Car parking is being used as a way of raising money … and the law is very clear, Local Authorities can’t do that.”
“I believe that CCTV, should be used for catching criminals, preventing crime – not used as a great casino for Local Authorities to get some more money.”
The Local Government Association denied claims that parking enforcement was just a way to make money.
Councillor Tony Ball, vice-chairman of its economy and transport board, said: “Parking controls are not about revenue raising, they are absolutely essential for keeping the roads clear and making sure people can park near their homes and local shops.
“Camera cars have been instrumental in keeping children from being hurt or killed on the way to school and CCTV plays an important role elsewhere in monitoring traffic flow and keeping cars moving.”
A Government consultation paper will suggest amending legislation underpinning the Traffic Management Act 2004 to outlaw the practice.
The Department for Transport says CCTV should be used only when it is impractical to use traffic wardens.