Long term readers may have seen this site cover Greenwich’s move towards using CCTV cameras to enforce against driving offences across the borough.
Powers have been available in London since 2005 but Greenwich were one of very few authorities to not use them. Including TfL, 31 authorities in the capital used them.
Just three did not: Greenwich, Bromley and Kensington & Chelsea.
The authority agreed in 2019 to start using CCTV but it took two years to install. They then messed up the start date by a couple of weeks (that wasn’t including a two week grace period).
Now we can see fines issued at some sites – and totals are incredibly low.
Some sites have as few as a single fine in an entire month.
According to figures from Greenwich just five fines were issued at Blackwall Lane where queues jumpers are common.
And no one paid it.
Does anyone who knows the area think that’s credible?
And just the one fine at Shooter’s Hill over the entire month?
Now here’s December:
Blackwall Lane is at 41 fines – which still seems incredibly low and just one paid?
Shooter’s Hill Road has disappeared.
The numbers are very, very odd.
It get’s no less odd well into 2021.
Apparently just two fines issued at Beresford Street in June 2021. I’ve seen more cars turning right into pedestrians crossing at the left-hand only turn on a single walk through (four vehicles to be exact).
Again, very low numbers across the entire month at just about every site.
By the summer traffic was generally about back to normal pre-pandemic levels thus low traffic levels is not an explanation.
Greenwich state these numbers could be due to cameras not working but there’s no specifics.
They also state drivers get used to enforcement, though little to no fines occurred from the very first month.
Given cameras weren’t cheap and the council are using an external company to provide software something appears to have gone wrong.
Another possibility for low numbers is cameras being manually watched which is strange with AI and automation nowadays – and even if they’re watched for barely five minutes a month it makes little sense.
What it does mean is poor driving at places like Woolwich where drivers head towards crossing pedestrians – and in an area where many local people have raised concerns – is still extremely unlikely to see any kind of enforcement.
Add to parking permit and zone cockups (last week they were installing incorrect signage in Plumstead) and a decade of parking enforcement shambles and well, is anyone surprised?