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CCTV enforcement

  • By London Councils

Since 1999 the London Boroughs and Transport for London have been using CCTV cameras to enforce traffic regulations.

The introduction of enforcement of traffic regulations by CCTV cameras is one part of a wide-ranging programme of measures to improve the reliability and punctuality of public transport, reduce congestion and pollution. The aim of most traffic management measures, such as bus lanes and parking regulations is to give priority to certain groups of road users by excluding others during prescribed hours. The introduction of CCTV monitoring of traffic regulations is intended to reduce the level of contraventions and so reduce delays on the highway network.

An essential and integral part of any CCTV system is a Code of Practice, which sets out the objectives of the system and the rules by which it will be operated. This Code of Practice ensures that issues such as privacy, integrity and fairness are properly dealt with. It sets a minimum standard which must be adhered to by all those authorities in London enforcing traffic regulations using CCTV cameras to ensure public confidence in the scheme.

This Code of Practice is designed to operate within the framework of the relevant pieces of legislation and to complement the Statutory and Operational Guidance produced by the Department for Transport. If there are any contradictions between this document and the relevant legislation or guidance documents then those should take precedence.

CCTV ban proposals.

The government have brought forward new provisions in the Deregulation Bill to ban the use of CCTV cameras for parking contraventions. This follows a DfT consultation in the spring of 2014 to which London Councils responded.

The provisions appeared first at the last stage in the House of Commons and the June briefing was for that debate. The July 2 briefing was published for the Second Reading debate in the House of Lords on 7 July 2014. The November 3 briefing was prepared for the Committee stage debate in the House of Lords on November 4. London Councils oppose Clause 38 and seek to ensure that CCTV's continued use is allowed where it is judged to be essential either to prevent accidents or to reduce congestion at critical locations.