Greenwich Council are finally signing off CCTV use against traffic violations 18 months after the council’s Cabinet first agreed and 15 years after London Councils were given the power.
Back in 2017 when the Cabinet agreed to their use, Greenwich Council were just one of three authorities across London not to have adopted cameras to enforce against driving in bus lanes, parking on keep clear markings outside schools, driving through no entry signs, entering pedestrian zones and making prohibited turns.
The solution to many traffic problems has previously been extensive use of street furniture installed at high cost.
Even at notorious areas such as the stretch between Plumstead station and Woolwich – which saw TfL spend £1.2 million on an upgrade – enforcement has been weak, with just one ticket issued on average per day over recent months despite promises of “robust enforcement”.
Out of 32 London councils plus TfL and the City of London just three have never adopted the use of cameras. They are Greenwich, Bromley and Kensington and Chelsea councils.
Greenwich’s failure to utilise powers has contributed to a £12 million income shortfall since 2012 as well as numerous complaints and threats from bus drivers to stop calling at stops in parts of the borough.
So, better late than never?