Merton Council parking spy car 'blocks bus' on busy junction in Worple Road, Raynes Park

The CCTV van parked on the corner of Lambton Road and Worple Road in Raynes Park. Picture: Patrick Steel.

The CCTV van parked on the corner of Lambton Road and Worple Road in Raynes Park. Picture: Patrick Steel.

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A bus was forced to squeeze past a Merton Council CCTV van on a busy junction as on-lookers watched on in disbelief.

The traffic enforcement van was parked on the corner of Lambton Road and Worple Road in Raynes Park when it was spotted by members of the public who stopped to look.

It is the latest example of parking madness across the borough which sparked the Wimbledon Guardian’s campaign to highlight this type of behaviour by drivers.

The council said there was no alternative to stopping on the corner and the driver was only there for 75 seconds while they encouraged another driver who had stopped where they should not have, to move.

However My Favourite Things shop owner Julie Donabie said it happens regularly.

She said: "We hate the CCTV vans, they park illegally as you can see on the corner.

"They park on the pavement as well.

"It is money making for the council - they just take pictures and they park dangerously."

Council workers, including traffic wardens, are permitted to ignore normal parking restrictions while carrying out statutory duties.

People gathered on the corner of the road to watch the events unfold on Saturday, May 24, and took several photographs.

On-looker Patrick Steel said: "I looked at the driver and thought ‘what an idiot.’

"There were parking bays next to it - he was waiting to catch people parking on the double yellow lines.

"It’s a bit desperate.

"When the bus came past it was amazing.

"He had to come to a complete halt almost to navigate the corner and squeeze past."

A Merton Council spokesperson said its officers always make every effort to park in places which cause as little obstruction as possible, but on this occasion there was no alternative to stopping ‘briefly and lawfully’ on the corner.

The spokesperson said: "Also, footage shows us that the bus in the photograph was able to drive around the corner unobstructed.

"As part of our firm but fair approach, our parking charter explains what we expect from drivers and what they can expect from us and our enforcement manual is online so drivers can see our enforcement policy."

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12:34pm Tue 3 Jun 14

alphabeti says...

I was under the impression CCTV could only be used where enforcement by traditional methods was not possible. If they are being used to enforce double yellow lines then that seems like the sort of thing which can be done by a CEO on foot. Can anyone clarify? Certainly seems like there would be grounds for appealing any penalties.

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I was under the impression CCTV could only be used where enforcement by traditional methods was not possible. If they are being used to enforce double yellow lines then that seems like the sort of thing which can be done by a CEO on foot. Can anyone clarify? Certainly seems like there would be grounds for appealing any penalties. http://www.penaltych argenotice.co.uk/cct v-enforcement/ alphabeti
  • Score: 5

1:03pm Tue 3 Jun 14

robmorleyuk says...

Merton Council will hide behind their policy that these vehicles can park 'anywhere'.
It’s a basic principle of road use that you DO NOT park within 10 metres of a junction. Highway code, section 243.
It's an opportunity to apply some maturity to those in-house rules before someone gets injured.
Merton Council will hide behind their policy that these vehicles can park 'anywhere'. It’s a basic principle of road use that you DO NOT park within 10 metres of a junction. Highway code, section 243. It's an opportunity to apply some maturity to those in-house rules before someone gets injured. robmorleyuk
  • Score: 11

1:05pm Tue 3 Jun 14

LeighR says...

These camera cars are an absolute menace.

A few weeks ago there was one parked on the double yellow lines outside the British Heart Foundation in Mitcham. This forced overtaking cars into the lane coming in the other direction which in turn forced displaced cars to stop or straddle the bus lane.

What happened to the proposed legislation banning these vehicles? They certainly need to be banned from parking dangerously or on double yellow lines.
These camera cars are an absolute menace. A few weeks ago there was one parked on the double yellow lines outside the British Heart Foundation in Mitcham. This forced overtaking cars into the lane coming in the other direction which in turn forced displaced cars to stop or straddle the bus lane. What happened to the proposed legislation banning these vehicles? They certainly need to be banned from parking dangerously or on double yellow lines. LeighR
  • Score: 8

2:21pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Mordenman says...

The new council has a golden opportunity here. It could say that this behaviour will no longer happen, that the council is not above the law and that there are far more important road safety issues to be dealt with first.

Three people have been killed in the borough in as many months - these vans and the people who deploy them and make excuses for them are contributing NOTHING to road safety
The new council has a golden opportunity here. It could say that this behaviour will no longer happen, that the council is not above the law and that there are far more important road safety issues to be dealt with first. Three people have been killed in the borough in as many months - these vans and the people who deploy them and make excuses for them are contributing NOTHING to road safety Mordenman
  • Score: 9

3:33pm Tue 3 Jun 14

mr-bjp says...

Quote "A Merton Council spokesperson said its officers always make every effort to park in places which cause as little obstruction as possible, but on this occasion there was no alternative to stopping ‘briefly and lawfully’ on the corner."
What a load of twaddle. As the photo clearly shows, the driver could have parked just before the corner, albeit still on double yellow lines.
All these Merton Council spokespersons and the vehicle drivers need a kick up the backside.
Quote "A Merton Council spokesperson said its officers always make every effort to park in places which cause as little obstruction as possible, but on this occasion there was no alternative to stopping ‘briefly and lawfully’ on the corner." What a load of twaddle. As the photo clearly shows, the driver could have parked just before the corner, albeit still on double yellow lines. All these Merton Council spokespersons and the vehicle drivers need a kick up the backside. mr-bjp
  • Score: 9

8:28pm Tue 3 Jun 14

vacillation says...

Mordenman wrote:
The new council has a golden opportunity here. It could say that this behaviour will no longer happen, that the council is not above the law and that there are far more important road safety issues to be dealt with first.

Three people have been killed in the borough in as many months - these vans and the people who deploy them and make excuses for them are contributing NOTHING to road safety
If only there was a local MP who could influence policy on this.
Someone who might need to continue building goodwill in the electorate and had an inside track on a relevent Governemt Department, Transport maybe.

Emails to: hammondsp@parliament
.uk
[quote][p][bold]Mordenman[/bold] wrote: The new council has a golden opportunity here. It could say that this behaviour will no longer happen, that the council is not above the law and that there are far more important road safety issues to be dealt with first. Three people have been killed in the borough in as many months - these vans and the people who deploy them and make excuses for them are contributing NOTHING to road safety[/p][/quote]If only there was a local MP who could influence policy on this. Someone who might need to continue building goodwill in the electorate and had an inside track on a relevent Governemt Department, Transport maybe. Emails to: hammondsp@parliament .uk vacillation
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11:32am Wed 4 Jun 14

alphabeti says...

vacillation wrote:
Mordenman wrote:
The new council has a golden opportunity here. It could say that this behaviour will no longer happen, that the council is not above the law and that there are far more important road safety issues to be dealt with first.

Three people have been killed in the borough in as many months - these vans and the people who deploy them and make excuses for them are contributing NOTHING to road safety
If only there was a local MP who could influence policy on this.
Someone who might need to continue building goodwill in the electorate and had an inside track on a relevent Governemt Department, Transport maybe.

Emails to: hammondsp@parliament

.uk
But there already is a policy in the form of guidance from the Home Office on use of surveillance cameras.

From the Surveilance Camera Code of Practice dated June 2013....

"Motorists may regard enforcement by cameras as over-zealous
and relevant authorities should use them sparingly. Such systems should, therefore, only
be deployed where other means of enforcement are not practical and their effectiveness
in achieving this purpose is subject to regular review"
[quote][p][bold]vacillation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mordenman[/bold] wrote: The new council has a golden opportunity here. It could say that this behaviour will no longer happen, that the council is not above the law and that there are far more important road safety issues to be dealt with first. Three people have been killed in the borough in as many months - these vans and the people who deploy them and make excuses for them are contributing NOTHING to road safety[/p][/quote]If only there was a local MP who could influence policy on this. Someone who might need to continue building goodwill in the electorate and had an inside track on a relevent Governemt Department, Transport maybe. Emails to: hammondsp@parliament .uk[/p][/quote]But there already is a policy in the form of guidance from the Home Office on use of surveillance cameras. From the Surveilance Camera Code of Practice dated June 2013.... "Motorists may regard enforcement by cameras as over-zealous and relevant authorities should use them sparingly. Such systems should, therefore, only be deployed where other means of enforcement are not practical and their effectiveness in achieving this purpose is subject to regular review" alphabeti
  • Score: 2

1:11pm Wed 4 Jun 14

alroutemaster says...

They tried this in Mitcham, parking blocking an emergency access road. The Guardian used my pictures then, and the council backed down and stopped it. They think they can do what they like unless you expose them. I was a (proper) Police Traffic Warden who always enforced the law in a firm and fair way, whilst not breaking it myself. Parking controls should never have been given to councils, but the Police just did not have the manpower to do it.
They tried this in Mitcham, parking blocking an emergency access road. The Guardian used my pictures then, and the council backed down and stopped it. They think they can do what they like unless you expose them. I was a (proper) Police Traffic Warden who always enforced the law in a firm and fair way, whilst not breaking it myself. Parking controls should never have been given to councils, but the Police just did not have the manpower to do it. alroutemaster
  • Score: 4

8:00pm Wed 4 Jun 14

emilysw19 says...

Most of cars are being replaced with a £1m ANPR system now being trialled on Wimbledon hill, Hartfield road and various other locations. The system will allow for the cameras to be unmanned and issue PCNs by post 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. A 'roadflow' anpr car was also driving around the borough a few weeks ago so its possible that will replace the current vans which need to be parked to enforce. The 'roadflow' system allows the car to drive around whilst the on board computer scans 'parked' cars matches the location against a list of restrictions and issues PCNs if it thinks the car is parked illegally. The system removes the need to park and issues a PCN in a matter of seconds.
Most of cars are being replaced with a £1m ANPR system now being trialled on Wimbledon hill, Hartfield road and various other locations. The system will allow for the cameras to be unmanned and issue PCNs by post 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. A 'roadflow' anpr car was also driving around the borough a few weeks ago so its possible that will replace the current vans which need to be parked to enforce. The 'roadflow' system allows the car to drive around whilst the on board computer scans 'parked' cars matches the location against a list of restrictions and issues PCNs if it thinks the car is parked illegally. The system removes the need to park and issues a PCN in a matter of seconds. emilysw19
  • Score: 0

12:40pm Thu 5 Jun 14

vacillation says...

emilysw19 wrote:
Most of cars are being replaced with a £1m ANPR system now being trialled on Wimbledon hill, Hartfield road and various other locations. The system will allow for the cameras to be unmanned and issue PCNs by post 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. A 'roadflow' anpr car was also driving around the borough a few weeks ago so its possible that will replace the current vans which need to be parked to enforce. The 'roadflow' system allows the car to drive around whilst the on board computer scans 'parked' cars matches the location against a list of restrictions and issues PCNs if it thinks the car is parked illegally. The system removes the need to park and issues a PCN in a matter of seconds.
Amazing information, thanks !
– I hadn’t heard about these being introduced.
Galling that it costs £1m to get council vehicles off our streets in order to make them safe again.
[quote][p][bold]emilysw19[/bold] wrote: Most of cars are being replaced with a £1m ANPR system now being trialled on Wimbledon hill, Hartfield road and various other locations. The system will allow for the cameras to be unmanned and issue PCNs by post 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. A 'roadflow' anpr car was also driving around the borough a few weeks ago so its possible that will replace the current vans which need to be parked to enforce. The 'roadflow' system allows the car to drive around whilst the on board computer scans 'parked' cars matches the location against a list of restrictions and issues PCNs if it thinks the car is parked illegally. The system removes the need to park and issues a PCN in a matter of seconds.[/p][/quote]Amazing information, thanks ! – I hadn’t heard about these being introduced. Galling that it costs £1m to get council vehicles off our streets in order to make them safe again. vacillation
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