Banning CCTV parking enforcement cameras would put school children at risk and worsen road safety, a London councillor has claimed, amid calls for the practice to be abolished.
"It is frustratingly familiar to hear Big Brother Watch again peddling the myth that councils are enforcing parking regulations just to raise money," Councillor Peter Box, chair of the Local Government Association's Economy and Transport Board, said.
"However, it is wholly inaccurate and misleading for them to claim councils are alone in warning about the dangers of banning the use of CCTV for parking enforcement.
"Road safety campaigners, schools, disability and pedestrian charities and councils have all come together to warn the Government that banning CCTV parking enforcement will put school children and disabled pedestrians at risk and worsen road safety."
The use of CCTV cameras for parking enforcement should be banned, a civil liberties group has said.
A freedom of information request by Big Brother Watch found that London boroughs earned around £285 million from CCTV parking fines from March 2008 to 2013.
Emma Carr, deputy director of Big Brother Watch, said:
The use of CCTV and spy cars for parking enforcement should be banned.
The fact that no councils publish proper statistics about how these cameras are used highlights that many know that their CCTV operation is about raising money, not about public safety.
The Government should urgently investigate whether or not the use of cameras to snoop on motorists breaches surveillance laws, particularly where a traffic warden sits in a control room looking for motorists to ticket.
Councils in the capital are using CCTV cameras to raise millions of pounds through parking and traffic fines, a new report has claimed.
Local authorities across the UK issued £312 million worth of penalties using CCTV and London boroughs accounted for around 90 per cent or £285 million of the revenues raised.
Camden, Ealing, Lambeth, Westminster and Harrow were the top five highest revenue-raising councils, according to the figures, released to Big Brother Watch under Freedom of Information laws.
The figures provided in the report covered March 1 2008 until March 1 2013.