Local Government Association urges the government to overturn CCTV parking camera ban

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A ban on using CCTV for parking enforcement would put schoolchildren and other vulnerable pedestrians at risk, while not really reducing the number of tickets being issued, the Local Government Association has argued, as they urged the Government to seriously consider the possibility to overturn CCTV camera bans.

The Department for Transport said the government was committed to reining in over-zealous parking enforcement and issued new guidance on the matter accordingly.

However, the local authorities argued that CCTV parking cameras are used to tackle dangerous parking outside schools, prevent motorists illegally blocking driveways, loading bays and bus lanes, and to stop people posing a risk to pedestrians by driving along and parking on pavements. They do so by acting as a deterrent in the areas where they’re installed.

The group has called for greater dialogue on the issue and urged the government to convene a working group of councils, charities, road safety campaigners and motoring groups to rewrite the current statutory parking guidance and revise the rules on the use of CCTV.

It is backed by a number of organisations including the National Association of Head Teachers, road safety charity Brake, the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety.

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