Councils face ban on using CCTV for parking charges Local authorities will be banned from using CCTV cameras and "spy cars" to milk parking fines from motorists, under new plans from the government. Ministers will also propose giving drivers longer to return to their cars once their parking time is up, and place a duty on councils to review unnecessary yellow lines if enough residents demand it. The proposals will go out to consultation next month for six weeks, and could be in force by January, according to ministerial aides. Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, said: "We want to rein in these overzealous and unfair rules on parking enforcement, so it focuses on supporting high streets and motorists, not raising money. Parking spy cameras are just one example of this and a step too far. Public confidence is strengthened in CCTV if it is used to tackle crime, not to raise money for council officers."
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