Parking CCTV ban threat

Councils in East Anglia are set to be hit by government plans to ban the use of spy cameras to catch drivers who are parking illegally.

Parking CCTV ban threat

The government is looking at banning councils in England from using CCTV cameras and "spy cars" to catch people parking illegally.

In East Anglia, Bedfordshire and Peterborough councils both use vehicles with a CCTV camera on the roof which drives around enforcing parking restrictions.

The council's say it's an effective tool to punish those parking illegally but Eric Pickles the local government secretary said cameras are fine for catching criminals but shouldn't be used as a way of making money from motorists.

Your views: Crackdown on CCTV parking 'snooping'

The government is looking at banning councils in England from using CCTV cameras and "spy cars" to catch people who are parking illegally.

We asked ITV Anglia News viewers on Facebook what they thought of the results, and here is a few of their views:

I can't see what the problem is, if you park illegally you deserve a ticket. Does it matter if it's a traffic warden or a camera that catches you?

– Peter Gibson

Don't see a problem with them. If you park legally then you won't get fined. Simple really!

– Tina Simpson

No because its intrapment.. CCTV should be used only to witness street crime and anti social behaviour

– Nicholas Lake

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Councils to be hit in car parking changes

The smart car being used to catch drivers. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Councils in Bedfordshire and Peterborough are among those set to be hit by government plans to ban the use of spy cameras to catch drivers who are parking illegally.

Peterborough City Council launched its smart car in October 2011 and issued 1400 tickets in just the first three months.

Eric Pickles wants to ban councils using smart cars. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The local government secretary Eric Pickles has accused local authorities of using their parking enforcement powers as "cash cows".