Oct 02 2013

Harrow Council’s CCTV Van – Parks Where It Wants, Doesn’t Care

Yet again, we see Harrow Council’s ‘Mobile CCTV Unit’ parking where it damn well pleases. The picture below, taken at 12.16 today, shows it parked “…outside the Civic Centre on not just a double yellow line but no loading stripes as well. Driver is in the van, which is also helpfully on the bend and taking up part of the bus stop!”

This isn’t the first time we’ve caught Harrow Council vehicles parking where they shouldn’t. See here and here for a couple of examples.


And just to give you a double dose of irony – those cones behind it (there’s only one shown in the picture above, but there were at least four in the original, un-cropped, picture, are actually ‘no waiting’ cones – not ‘warning’ cones.

An own goal for the council. Of course, it won’t affect any of your councillors – they get to park for free at the Civic Centre in their very own segregated car park, and away from the riff-raff.

Thanks to M for the tip off and the photos.


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  1. derek miles

    good pic but they riddle out of it / cant see his seat belt

  2. Susan Hall

    I know this sort of thing quite correctly upsets your readers and on many occasions the vehicles should not be parked. I have however more information on this particular situation. The CCTV van was on loan to Harrow Police on a ANPR operation to catch uninsured, untaxed and stolen vehicles driving through Wealdstone. Police Officers determined the location to enable the cameras to have a clear view of oncoming traffic while minimising the disruption to traffic and buses. Police Officers remained with the vehicle during the operation. I have to say I am massively in favour of these exercises. If we are to make Harrow the safest Borough in London then this sort of thing helps massively. Those who do not tax or insure their car are more likely to be prone to do other things outside the law. Sometimes we have to allow flexibility to our Officers to enable them to do their job correctly. I am however grateful to the reader who sent the picture in because it has enabled me to explain why the vehicle was there.

  3. j p hobbs

    Well one week after these Vehicles were first used I came out of the supermarket carpark in Stanmore just in front of me was a smart car harrow Councils camera car and it went straight thru a red light turning left at the junction into the main road , i must say I was rather shocked .
    I swear this to be true on the bible .

  4. Cllr Willy Stoodley

    Susan – according to a policeman I know, such an exercise is in my view an utter waste of time! He told me the biggest non-insured offenders are the under 21s especially students with no money. Next are those who have never had car insurance. Both sets of people get hit for first time insurance quotes of in excess of £2,000. And what do they get if they’re caught? IF they’re caught? A £200 fine and 3 points on their license. Oh well, that’s okay then! So in the case of the students they chance it till they turn 21 then “go legit”, so my policeman chum told me.

    Agree? Disagree? Discuss:-!!

  5. Cllr Willy Stoodley

    @ Paul – us Cllrs do NOT have our own segregated car park – if you work at the Civic anyone can park anywhere so I don’t know where you got that one from mate?!!

  6. frustrated driver

    If the police and council want to use cameras to catch the many non insured drivers on our roads don’t fine them just give a /12 month driving ban and 6 months to the many seat belt offenders and mob phone drivers. HIT THEM HARD ( real deterent no fine no prison just
    pain ) that would remove 40% of drivers off the road and reduce car insurance to the rest of us

    1. Cllr Willy Stoodley

      Totally agree!

  7. j p hobbs

    Last Sunday as I went into Harrow and Wealdstone station there was a very large transit van parked covering most of the zig zags of the crossing making it very dangerous for pedestrians
    The driver was working in an empty shop , I noted that the stealth camera was in action scanning the road , now Harrow council cracks on about this camera making it safe for the public however when I came back four hours later this situation was exactly the same , could someone from the civic centre not have gone down and sorted this dangerous situation out if they really care about safety and not just the fines .

  8. Jeremy Zeid Chairman Harrow UKIP

    Can’t disagree with Cllr Stoodley re stupid insurance quotes. Merely hiking penalties and “crackdowns” is simplistic and stupid in the extreme. For any Law to be obeyed, it must be just. one that is all stick and no carrot is futile and brings the whole framework into contempt. A special intro rate of £500 for new and young drivers, subject to strict criteria on type of car, no silly trim, no boom boxes. Anyone still disobeying after all inducements and encouragements, hit ’em hard, they aer the real problem.

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