After a number of delays Greenwich Council is set to join 29 other London boroughs in using cameras to fine drivers committing a number of driving offences.
It’s 15 years since powers became available to the authority and only two other boroughs – Bromley and Kensington & Chelsea – have never adopted powers as this screengrab from a council report shows.
From Monday 24th August cameras will be in use but not fining drivers for the first two weeks. I’ve already heard some say it a money making scheme due to recent events. Not so. They’ve been talking about it in reports for over three years:
Despite all that it has been delayed numerous times.
Cameras cannot be used for illegal parking unless on a designated bus lane or cycle lane. They can also be used for cars parked on keep clear markings outside schools.
Other areas they can be used are yellow box junctions and ignoring “no left” or “no right turn” signs.
There’s a few places they will raise much revenue. One is the no-right turn coming out near Lidl in Woolwich. Cars turn right despite a clear sign and head towards pedestrians crossing outside Premier Inn on green lights. Local people are sick of it judging by emails to me.
Last time I was there I watched 5 out of 6 vehicles turn right despite the sign and the last one did it at speed towards crossing pedestrians. Idiotic.
Another is Blackwall Lane. Some drivers leave the A102 and turn right on the exit slip to rejoin the entry slip in an attempt to jump queues. This often blocks traffic to and from the Peninsula.
Another spot is Passey Place in Eltham. This was upgraded as part of a £6 million scheme. Some drivers then decided to park on it and damaged a number of granite benches.
Plumstead Road bus lane will also see cameras. Over 100 bus drivers have previously signed petitions about dangerous conditions at bus stops due to parked cars.
The full list of sites is:
Income raised from fines can NOT be used for general spending. By law it is restricted to transport and street spending. Whether that will see better maintained and more attractive streets or a flurry of street clutter remains to be seen.
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