Council Using Mobile CCTV To Watch Motorists

Big Brother Watch, a civil liberties campaign group, have highlighted a Bedford Council plan to ‘snoop’ on motorists and collect ‘vast amounts of data about law-abiding people’.

A CCTV camera will be mounted on a Bedford Borough Council fleet vehicle and will survey the streets. The camera will monitor and collect the registration numbers of vehicles parked illegally and will create Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) for offenders.

The initial cost to impliment the system will be £98,250 and costing £42,800 each year to run.

Alex Deane, director of Big Brother Watch, said: “Drivers in Bedford are being remorselessly bullied by the council, with the planned installation of two separate snooping surveillance systems.

“The new Coalition Government has announced that ANPR is going to be regulated. Bedford is throwing public money on a system when it’s not known how or even whether such systems will operate in the future.

“Even worse, the council has made it clear it intends to use surveillance to force drivers to stop using their cars.

“It’s social engineering via snooping.”

Cllr Charles Royden, of Bedford Borough Council, said: “The new mobile CCTV vehicle will be able to patrol the 80 schools across the urban and rural areas very effectively. This technology will cover its cost and is a sound investment in preserving the life and limb of children attending borough schools.

“Parents who park responsibly have nothing to worry about and should welcome this protection for their children.”

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