CCTV Used to Catch Illegal Parkers Could be Banned

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CCTV Used to Catch Illegal Parkers Could be Banned

Postby Robert » Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:33 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-24291467

The UK's Local Government and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has a bee in his bonnet about ending the "persecution" of drivers who park illegally. He's called for people to be allowed to park on double yellow (no parking) lines for up to twenty minutes. Now he's calling for "unnecessary" double yellow lines to be removed, and for a ban on the use of CCTV to catch offenders. If you listen to him on BBC Radio 4's Today programme for 27th September 2013 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qj9z), you will hear that he is particularly upset about people being fined for parking illegally outside schools. David Hembrow has blogged about the mayhem to be found outside British schools (http://www.cyclestreets.net/photos/space/15706/), where people literally use their fists to claim their "right" to park directly outside a school to drop off their children. Pickles also believes that it's necessary to park outside shops to have a thriving town centre, whereas the reality is that car drivers usually just pass straight through town centres, and if they do stop their cars just take up a large amount of the limited space (the corollary of which is that not many people can use the town centre at the same time). Moreover, children use shops too, but cannot drive, so they end up having to deal with a hostile town centre that offers little in the way of infrastructure they can use, but which may well lead to their deaths (http://www.childhoodfreedom.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=18).

When cars were removed from the centre of Birmingham, a dying city centre was revived and is now thriving. Many people arrive by bike, despite the generally poor conditions for cycling beyond the city centre. At schools in continental Europe (most notably The Netherlands) children arrive on their own personal transport; they don't have to dodge cars or watch parents thumping each other in the face. The evidence is firmly against Pickles, and all he is doing is promoting illegal, selfish behaviour that shows no consideration whatsoever for children.

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Re: CCTV Used to Catch Illegal Parkers Could be Banned

Postby Robert » Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:49 pm

This was also discussed later on with Kelvin Reynolds of the British Parking Association. Kelvin confirms that these cameras have indeed protected children outside schools.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01hmm4y
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