Aug 162010
 
 August 16, 2010  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Adrian Hearn reports:

A council has been accused of ”bullying” parents after spending £100,000 on a mobile camera which will dish out parking fines – to school-run mums.

The state-of-the-art ROADflow camera will be mounted on top of a traffic warden’s car and driven past 80 schools when parents are dropping off or picking up their children.

Any parent caught stopping on double-yellow lines or zig-zags at the school gates will be photographed and fined £60.

Bedford Borough Council is forking out £67,000 for the camera, £16,000 on software modification and a further £15,000 for warning signs.

A new team of council traffic enforcement officers will record the registration plates and issue Penalty Charge Notices without the vehicle needing to stop.

The council estimates it needs to issue 1,338 parking fines every year to meet the £42,000 annual running costs and make a predicted £37,500 profit.

Read more on SNWS.com

They couldn’t just hold a bake sale?

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