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‘Camera-shy’ Brent Council CCTV car driver caught using disabled bay in Harlesden

PUBLISHED: 14:57 05 February 2014 | UPDATED: 17:31 05 February 2014

CCTV car parked in a disabled bay in Harlesden

CCTV car parked in a disabled bay in Harlesden

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The driver of this Brent Council CCTV car is happy to catch motorists on camera but seemed a little shy when the lenses were turned on him.

He made a hasty exit from this disabled bay in Harlesden after realising he had been spotted hogging the space which is reserved for blue badge holders.

However he was captured on camera by the eagle-eyed resident in Burns Road who passed over the photographic evidence to the Times.

The resident, who asked not to be named, said he was disgusted that the CCTV car could park in a disabled bay to catch out other drivers.

“It’s one rule for them and another rule for another,” he said.

“The minute he saw me he drove off but he didn’t realise I’d already taken a picture.

“It’s a joke that they can park where ever they want, an absolute joke.”

In the past the cars have been pictured parked on double-yellow lines leading to accusations of hypocrisy.

However this is the first time one has been spotted in a disabled bay.

Barrie Segal, who runs his own parking campaign group, previously told the Times: “Council workers are given exemptions to behave in the most ignorant manner. If any other motorist did this it would be considered dangerous to the public.

“It is absolutely outrageous that they are allowed to get off with the very thing that would be considered irresponsible and dangerous if done by normal motorists, but it is okay because they are issuing parking tickets.

“It is totally unacceptable and it is one of the reasons why motorists have no faith in the parking enforcement system.”

Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, said: “Civil enforcement officers have a statutory exemption from parking restrictions in order to carry out their duties.

“Our parking enforcement service plays an important role in maintaining the flow of traffic and creating safer streets for our community.”


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