Drivers will be encouraged to appeal against more parking tickets, with the introduction of a 25 per cent discount for those who try to overturn a fine but fail.
Ministers are trying to ease the policing of parking, as they believe it often makes driving to shops too difficult and forces people to go out of town or online. Hundreds of thousands of drivers are caught by cameras each year.
The ban on CCTV, both fixed cameras and so-called “Orwellian spy cars”, will become law through the Deregulation Bill this autumn.
Cameras will only be used to enforce parking rules in bus lanes, on red routes — on which drivers are not allowed to stop — and outside schools.
Eric Pickles, the Local Government Secretary, said there would be no more “over-zealous parking enforcement and unreasonable stealth fines by post”. But councils warned that they would have less money to invest in road repairs and subsidised bus travel.
The CCTV ban is one of a series of measures designed to help shops and drivers and give communities a greater say on parking. Others include:
• Testing a measure to give a 25 per cent discount for drivers who lose an appeal against a parking ticket. Currently, many motorists choose not to appeal because they receive a 50 per cent discount if they pay within one or two weeks;
• Amending guidance for parking wardens so drivers who park at an out-of-order meter are not fined;
• A right for residents and businesses to demand a review of local parking, including charges and yellow lines.
On one hand, ministers want to allow councils to enforce parking rules, but they are concerned about being seen to be fleecing drivers.
Nine million parking fines are issued every year in England, a big increase on a decade ago. There has also been a rise following legislation in 2004 in the use of CCTV, for which one in four English local authorities — 71 councils — has permission. More than £310 million is thought to have been raised in fines through cameras from 2008 to 2013.
Councils are only meant to use cameras when it is impractical to use traffic wardens, and not to generate parking tickets. But residents of areas with CCTV in use appear to be disproportionately likely to be fined. Official figures show that councils that use cameras made £49.35 per household in fines last year, compared with £5.69 in areas without CCTV.
Mr Pickles said the Government was taking the action to combat abuse of CCTV through its use as a “cash cow”. He said: “CCTV spy cars can be seen lurking on every street raking in cash for greedy councils and breaking the rules that clearly state that fines should not be used to generate profit.”
The ban was backed by the motoring groups. Edmund King, the AA’s president: “Some local authorities have used spy cars as mobile cash machines to fleece the motorist. We are delighted that these Orwellian spy cars are being driven off the road.”
Councils said they were “surprised and disappointed”. A Local Government Association spokesman said: “It is utterly untrue, as the Government well knows, to describe the use of CCTV as some sort of cash cow which generates profits for councils.”
Courtesy The Daily Telegraph
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