Concerns Over CCTV Cars

It has been reported that a market town in the North West of England, is to introduce controversial CCTV cars, in an attempt to tackle what the council has called “inconsiderate, dangerous and illegal parking.”

The cars, which are set to be introduced this month, have previously been described by the Local Government Secretary as an “excuse for councils to raise money from issuing parking fines on an industrial scale” are being introduced by the council to tackle parking offences outside schools and other hotspots, such as bus stops.

According to reports, any parking offences spotted by the cameras within the cars will result in a £70 penalty fine being issued.

The announcement that the council are to use the vehicles, comes after campaigners called for a “serious debate” regards the UK’s high level of CCTV surveillance; with estimates suggesting that the UK is monitored by over four million CCTV cameras – with the figure growing.

However, it has been suggested that the use of CCTV surveillance has been under regulated, with their previously being no legislation aimed at CCTV regulation until the passing of the Protection of Freedoms Act in 2012.

For those who feel that their human rights have been breached as a result of CCTV surveillance, such as the CCTV cars being introduced by the council in North West England, our team of human rights solicitors at Howe+Co may be able to assist.

Our solicitors specialise in all aspects of human rights cases, and through our experience within this particular area of law, if fundamental human rights have been violated by public bodies or public authorities, then we can help individuals get decisions struck-down.

We are also able to obtain declarations of illegality, injunctions and/or damages in Judicial Review proceedings. To find out how we can help you, contact us today.

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