A council ‘spy car’ has caused anger after it was spotted parked on double yellow lines in Leytonstone, London
Traffic enforcement officers have been criticised for ‘double standards’ after a CCTV car was parked on double yellow lines. Yesterday morning the silver Citroen – part of Waltham Forest council’s fleet of spy cars – was filmed in Vernon Road, Leytonstone.
A 33-year-old man was cycling passed when he spotted the car. According to the cyclist, there was one officer sat in the driver’s seat at the time. The man, who did not wish to be named, said the council should set an example.
“It’s double standards. If it was anyone else their car would be towed away,” he added.
Despite parking restrictions such as double yellow lines being used to maintain safety and traffic flow, a council spokeswoman said drivers of enforcement cars are allowed to ignore double yellow lines. She said:
“CCTV cars are considered ‘exempted’ vehicles under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and are permitted to park on yellow lines when carrying out enforcement activity.”
However, it has not been officially confirmed that enforcement action was being taken at the time.
In June this year. the government announced plans to curb the powers of so called ‘spy cars’. The deregulation bill is due come into force soon, making it illegal for CCTV spy cars and static cameras to issue fixed penalty notices for on-street parking, but not moving traffic violations.