Councils may no longer be able to use CCTV cameras to fine motorists


Councils may no longer be able to use CCTV cameras to fine motorists

Local Government secretary Eric Pickles has been battling on behalf of the everyday motorist, fighting to put a stop to councils raising funds by fining those who simply want to park in town to do their shopping.

Pickles and motorists up and down the country may have cause for celebration as town halls are to be outlawed from using CCTV cameras and 'spy cars' to raise funds from fines, under new plans outlined by the government today.

Ministers are also proposing giving drivers longer to return to their cars once their allotted time is up, and request councils "review" unnecessary yellow lines if enough locals demand it.

Aides say that the reforms will now go into consultation for at least six weeks but revisions could be seen as early as January of next year.

Eric Pickles, the Local Government secretary, told The Telegraph: "We want to rein in these over-zealous and unfair rules on parking enforcement, so it focuses on supporting high streets and motorists, not raising money.

"Parking spy cameras are just one example of this and a step too far. Public confidence is strengthened in CCTV if it is used to tackle crime, not to raise money for council officers."

The move has come after it became apparent that parking fines had soared under the past three Labour Governments from £223million to £512million in the 13 years to 2010/11.

Fines have continued to rise under the Coalition government and local residents have become tired of many town and city centres becoming too 'car un-friendly'.