Merton Council traffic warden with hidden camera spotted on double yellows

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A traffic warden may have stumbled upon a new way to catch out law-breaking motorists - by hiding the camera underneath a newspaper.

An eagle-eyed passerby spotted this Merton Council civil enforcement officer parked on double yellow lines in a mobile CCTV car in Queen’s Road, Wimbledon.

He also noticed the surveillance camera, which is fixed behind the windscreen, was shielded from view beneath a newspaper.

The resident, who took the picture on September 1 and posted it online this week, described the council employee as “cunning and underhand".

He said: “This is outrageous from Merton Council for entertaining a CCTV operator that breaks the law to catch unsuspecting motorists.

“The operator, and I stared him in the face, could not care that he was on double yellow lines even after several other passing pedestrians told him to so.”

Merton Council's website advises motorists: "Double yellow lines are sited for safety reasons, in areas where parking could cause a serious obstruction, so please avoid parking where these restrictions apply."

A council spokeswoman denied the traffic warden was trying to hide the camera and doing so would be considered "unacceptable" by parking service managers.

She said: “The vehicle has enforcement signs on it and a sign showing a camera on the doors.”

She added: “Our civil enforcement officers are legally permitted to park where necessary to carry out their enforcement duties; this includes double yellow lines.

“However, we advise them that, if it is at all possible to do their job safely from a point where there are no traffic restrictions, they should do so.”

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1:10pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Hove Ex-Pat says...

It is a pity that we cannot return to the days of the Met Police traffic wardens in all of London, & not just on red routes. They were "up front", honest & approachable. They did not use the "stunts" that this bunch do now. As for Merton Council, they deny approving this in public, but in private it is obvious that they encourage all these dubious practices.
It is a pity that we cannot return to the days of the Met Police traffic wardens in all of London, & not just on red routes. They were "up front", honest & approachable. They did not use the "stunts" that this bunch do now. As for Merton Council, they deny approving this in public, but in private it is obvious that they encourage all these dubious practices. Hove Ex-Pat
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1:32pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Smart Cookie says...

The Councils position is one of dishonest humbug.

If it is permissible for a camera car to wait safely at this location and not cause an interference with traffic flow it is equally safe and satisfactory for any other motorist to do the same.

The Council's acceptance that it is permissible for their camera car to wait on these yellow lines they have proved that there is no need for yellow lines at these places so they should be removed.
The Councils position is one of dishonest humbug. If it is permissible for a camera car to wait safely at this location and not cause an interference with traffic flow it is equally safe and satisfactory for any other motorist to do the same. The Council's acceptance that it is permissible for their camera car to wait on these yellow lines they have proved that there is no need for yellow lines at these places so they should be removed. Smart Cookie
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3:34pm Wed 10 Oct 12

mr-bjp says...

It's one law for them and another for the rest of us. Anyway, does anyone believe a word merton council says? I don't. The whole workforce are liars and the most unhelpful people going.
It's one law for them and another for the rest of us. Anyway, does anyone believe a word merton council says? I don't. The whole workforce are liars and the most unhelpful people going. mr-bjp
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5:58pm Wed 10 Oct 12

robmorleyuk says...

This appears to be CCTV enforcement to record cars making the dangerous transit past the car park to Centre Court. Not Parking enforcement as we are misled in the article.
Having been on the receiving end of several near misses from the idiots that make their own right of way here I’m glad to see someone recording and hopefully fining them.
These are not ‘unsuspecting motorists’ just dangerous drivers.
This appears to be CCTV enforcement to record cars making the dangerous transit past the car park to Centre Court. Not Parking enforcement as we are misled in the article. Having been on the receiving end of several near misses from the idiots that make their own right of way here I’m glad to see someone recording and hopefully fining them. These are not ‘unsuspecting motorists’ just dangerous drivers. robmorleyuk
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6:12pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Tobermory says...

The parking on yellow lines is enforced by a traffic order, the crucial point here is the section that covers exempt vehicles:
(d) vehicles when used in the service of a local authority in pursuance of statutory powers or duties provided that in all the circumstances it is reasonably necessary in the exercise of such powers or the performance of such duties for the vehicle to wait in the place in which it is waiting;

The vehicle was therefore not breaking the law and the comment he was is clearly libelous.
The parking on yellow lines is enforced by a traffic order, the crucial point here is the section that covers exempt vehicles: (d) vehicles when used in the service of a local authority in pursuance of statutory powers or duties provided that in all the circumstances it is reasonably necessary in the exercise of such powers or the performance of such duties for the vehicle to wait in the place in which it is waiting; The vehicle was therefore not breaking the law and the comment he was is clearly libelous. Tobermory
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1:09pm Thu 11 Oct 12

shelokay2 says...

if no one is doing anything illegal, then whats the problem with a hidden camera? or is life basically u can do illegal things as long as no one is there to catch u :/
also the cars need to park on double yellow lines if there is no where else they can park.. or it would mean areas of double yellow lines would be unpoliced.. wow
if no one is doing anything illegal, then whats the problem with a hidden camera? or is life basically u can do illegal things as long as no one is there to catch u :/ also the cars need to park on double yellow lines if there is no where else they can park.. or it would mean areas of double yellow lines would be unpoliced.. wow shelokay2
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7:49pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Joe 90 says...

You are obsessed with this non-story which you read up in the Daily Mail, you're becoming the Fox News of South London - I'm losing faith in you.
This camera enforcement vehicle is doing a great job! Focus on some proper stories. Come on Omar move on from this story please.
You are obsessed with this non-story which you read up in the Daily Mail, you're becoming the Fox News of South London - I'm losing faith in you. This camera enforcement vehicle is doing a great job! Focus on some proper stories. Come on Omar move on from this story please. Joe 90
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6:13pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Tobermory says...

The Wimbledon Guardian, champion of the bad driver! Parked on yellow lines, blocked a box junction, jumped a traffic light, made an illegal turn, used a bus lane, don't worry the Guardian is on your side just call Omar!!
No doubt if Omars house was burgled it would be underhand to use plain clothes officers to catch the thieves or maybe its only drivers that are allowed to break the law??
The Wimbledon Guardian, champion of the bad driver! Parked on yellow lines, blocked a box junction, jumped a traffic light, made an illegal turn, used a bus lane, don't worry the Guardian is on your side just call Omar!! No doubt if Omars house was burgled it would be underhand to use plain clothes officers to catch the thieves or maybe its only drivers that are allowed to break the law?? Tobermory
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