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Spy car to patrol north Essex in 2013
8:00pm Monday 8th October 2012 in News
A CONTROVERSIAL “spy car” will be patrolling north Essex’s streets next year.
Councillors have agreed to find a private company willing to provide and run a CCTV car for 12 months in return for half the value of any fines issued and paid.
The North Essex Parking Partnership believes the car, which will be fitted with cameras and automatic number plate recognition systems, will allow it to tackle dangerous parking outside schools more effectively.
But one opponent described the move as a “big brother tactic”, while fears have been raised the car could become a “cash cow” for the council and the private partner.