Mobile CCTV enforcement
CCTV camera enforcement is primarily used to tackle disruptive or dangerous parking, and where enforcement by other means has proved to be difficult or impractical. It also acts as a strong visual deterrent to motorists who may otherwise park in contravention and put the safety of others at risk. This type of enforcement is mainly used to tackle parking outside schools and on pedestrian crossing zig-zags, although it may be used to deal with problem parking anywhere across the borough.
The Council has agreed a rolling programme of term-time enforcement with the Council's Accident and Road Safety unit and local schools, which focuses on school entrance markings. When the vehicle is not in use during school start and finish times, it is deployed to other areas affected by problem parking.
There has been much media attention in relation to the camera enforcement Smart car and recent adjudicator decisions. The following information addresses some of the most frequently asked questions.
Warning signs and visibility
The operation of the camera car, including the necessary warning signs, adheres strictly to Government guidelines. Since July 2009, the Council has been putting more signs in place to reflect feedback from motorists. The car has an 11ft mast on top of it as well as large markings to identify it as CCTV. It is clearly visible to motorists.
Camera car parking on yellow lines
In order for the camera car to carry out enforcement activity safely, the car has special dispensation to park in some areas when carrying out enforcement. This is reviewed on a case by case basis.
Costs to the Council
The Council does not bear any additional costs for using the camera car. The use of the vehicle was negotiated, at no extra charge, when our parking enforcement contract was renewed. The Council does not pay any incentives for issuing penalty charge notices to either its contractor or individuals. It pays for the number of parking enforcement officers and the number of hours for which they are deployed.
Does the Council profit from parking enforcement?
The Council does not make any money from traffic enforcement activities. Any surplus following enforcement costs, adjudication service costs, Court costs, IT costs, staffing of appeals team and debt recovery, is used to fund local traffic or highway improvements.
Anyone who has received a parking ticket and thinks that they have a valid reason to appeal is able to do so through the appeals process; each case is reviewed on its own merits. Paying the penalty is usually considered admission of liability of a parking contravention. If you have paid and the appeal period has expired we would not normally reopen a case. The appeals process and details of the appeals website are included in rejection letters sent in reply to a ‘Notice to Owner’ parking appeal. Initial representations are considered by the Council, if rejected, the public can appeal to an external parking adjudicator who will consider the case.
Traffic Penalty Tribunal
The Traffic Penalty Tribunal considers matters on an individual basis. Each case is assessed on its own merits and not everyone who has received a ticket will be successful if they appeal.
Blue badge holders
Procedures are in place to ensure that tickets are not issued to blue badge holders where the badge gives them exemption to park. Blue badge holders can not park on zigzag lines.