Parking Enforcment Spy cars to be banned

The use of ‘spy cars’ with cameras to catch drivers who park illegally is to be banned, the government has announced.

It says spy cars are being used as a “cash cow” by councils, and it wants to end the “plague” of parking fines being sent in the post.

Instead traffic wardens will have to fix penalty notices to windscreens.

Councils will still be able to use the cameras near schools, in bus lanes and bus stops.

The government says nine million parking fines are now issued every year by local authorities in England and wants to rein-in “over-zealous parking enforcement practices”.

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