Manchester City Council petty enforcement
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 11:40

manchester city council

Motorists are an easy target for Manchester City Council and councils up and down the country. Labour has given them all the tools they need to hound car drivers and extract the maximum amount of money out of them on every possible occasion.

The latest money grabbing technique doesn't even involve the council in doing much. They can sit back and let the snooping cameras do the work. Neither do they need to do the work themselves, they can subcontract it out to someone.

There are over 4 million CCTV cameras in the UK, that's one of every 14 people. You are photographed at least 300 times a day. Have you ever wondered what all those images are used for and who has access to them? Here's one use.

car partially in bus lane

The driver of the white car was sent a penalty notice for going into a bus lane in prepration for a left turn.

In the bus lane for a few seconds, but that's enough for the automatic detection in the CCTV camera to pick it up and churn out the automatic penalty notice. Look carefully at the amount of traffic on the road. There is no way that the driver could have gained any advantage, and there are certainly no buses to delay.

This is yet another example of petty mindedness gone mad. Central government should has shown a complete lack of common sense by giving local councils the means to make war of car drivers. In general local councillors are a load of busibodies who have nothing better to do with their time that make life difficult for ordinary people. We should not forget that Manchester is the council that wants to build a special underground car park for councillors and special guests, so we should not be surprised at their attitude.

What can be done about a fixed penalty notice from Manchester City Council?

You can get some advice from this forum

You should write to your local councillor telling them that this is unjust and unreasonable.

Also write to your MP telling them the same and that the council is abusing its power. The more people who complain the more the government and council will have to explain themselves.

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