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Smart Fortwo Cars Undertake Mobile Enforcement



In September 2005 Haringey was one of the first London Boroughs to use 'Smart Cars' to undertake mobile enforcement in locations that are not covered by static CCTV cameras . Their activity focused on locations that the street enforcement team found challenging to enforce.

In London most motorists are charged a fee for travelling within designated CCZ (Congestion Charge Zone). The intention is to decrease congestion, and to augment funds for investment in London's transportation system.

CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) Enforcement

As part of an on going commitment to ease traffic congestion, lower emissions and improve road safety Haringey , one of London's 32 boroughs, located north of London, uses a network of CCTV cameras to enforce both parking and traffic infringements.

A payment of almost $16.00 a day is charged for vehicles that travel within these zones between 7am and 6pm; a fine is imposed for non-payment. The Congestion Charge Zone fees are causing declines on many business enterprises.

In September 2005 Haringey was one of the first London Boroughs to use 'Smart Cars' to undertake mobile enforcement in locations that are not covered by static CCTV cameras. Their activity focused on locations that the street enforcement team found challenging to enforce.

So, a group of angry Haringey citizens started a web site called www.angryofhavering.co.uk. The website has been receiving an average of 2,000 hits a week.

The Smart Car is the latest idea to hit Havering's streets in the war against the motorist. The Smart Cars are armed with cameras and cruise the streets targeting what the web site sarcastically calls "the most dangerous in our society, the car owner."

Councilor Barry Tebbutt the man Angry of Havering identified with the introduction of the Smart Car is being called a modern day highwayman, by many angry Haringey citizens.

There upset at the fact in the first 8 months since the introduction of the "Smart Cars" they issued some 15,297 notices and 586 tickets in and around Havering schools in the last few months.

The web site states “The Council would have us believe that the Smart Car is all about safety and has nothing to do with raising money. If it is a danger to public safety to stop on a yellow line even for just a short while then employees of the Council who flout these laws should be fined too and disciplined and persistent offenders dismissed from the councils employment.”

By the way, the US embassy in London - whose head has been described by London's mayor as a "chiseling little crook" - now owes $3,989,960 in unpaid congestion charges and other traffic penalties, according to the Guardian news paper.



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Take that! Angry resident who got his own back on the CCTV spies... with a paper bag

A man is takes the law of parking into his own hands along with the camera of a 'CCTV' spy car.
The Westminster Council Smart car was monitoring illegally parked vehicles in Maida Vale, when the angry resident began shouting at the crew inside the car. He then proceeded to tackle the camera with his own hands and covered up the lens with part of a baguette bag he was carrying.
A clip on YouTube shows him saying: 'Cameras all over the place tax people and for no reason at all.'


Read more: Angry resident combats CCTV parking spies with a paper bag | Mail Online
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By the way, the US embassy in London - whose head has been described by London's mayor as a "chiseling little crook" - now owes $3,989,960 in unpaid congestion charges and other traffic penalties, according to the Guardian news paper.
I wonder how this compares to all the embacies in NYC that owe a lot of money for parking violations?

It gives Smart cars a bad image. I hope they don't hold this against all Smart cars in the area.
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the CCTV spy smart is losing...

2 stories out this week

?The Beast? is out-beasted! (From Echo)

THE CCTV car designed to catch motorists parking illegally in Basildon has itself been caught out.
A friend of Echo reader Kelly O’Keeffe, of Great Gregorie, Basildon, snapped the notorious Smart car – nicknamed the Beast of Basildon – sitting in a layby in Upper Mayne, marked as being for police vehicles only.
Basildon Council, which operates the car, says it had broken down. However, Mrs O’Keeffe said its hazard lights were off and a couple of minutes after she took her picture it was seen driving off along Upper Mayne.
Mrs O’Keeffe, 37, has never been ticketed by the car, but was nevertheless annoyed to have caught it parked where it should not have been.

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The not so Smart car! (From The Bolton News)

ALMOST a quarter of all fines issued by a Bolton Council “spy camera” car have been cancelled.
The £50,000 Smart Car fitted with CCTV to catch rule-breaking drivers in the act has been on the road since November 2009.
Figures obtained by the Bolton News under the Freedom of Information Act show town hall bosses ripped up 788 of the 3,661 tickets that were given to motorists in 2010 as a result of evidence gathered by the car.
The council has admitted some tickets were issued in error and said it cancelled some tickets because drivers were later able to provide evidence of abiding by the rules, such as loading permits.
The 2,764 fines paid, at up to £70 a ticket, could have brought in a potential £193,480 for the authority.
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Thanks - at least those articles are not from 2005!
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