#FoI Request ~ Locations and amounts of parking fines

27 01 14 - wirral spy car


Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please read the following recent article from local newspaper the
Liverpool Echo:


The subject matter covered is the growing amount of revenue
collected by these four wheeled spies in the community. I have a
suspicion that the CCTV camera cars are being parked, left
unmanned, with their telescopic cameras raised and homed in on
“lucrative locations”.

Within the Echo article, Seaview Road in Liscard is mentioned as

“It [Wallasey Village] was closely followed by Seaview Road in
Liscard which saw 407 motorists caught between July 2012 and
October 2013 – during which 56 drivers found themselves with

Seaview Road.

Please provide the precise locations that the Spy Car CCTV cameras
were pointing at on Seaview Road when the 407 motorists were
“caught” e.g. bus stop with solid yellow line (and location
indicated by either the nearest residential / business address(es)
or a numerical grid location), or e.g. section of double yellow
lines (and location indicated by either the nearest residential /
business address(es) or a numerical grid location).

Between the dates given, please give a figure for the number of
motorists who were “caught” at each stated location.

Between the dates given, please also provide the amount of money
that was collected i.e. debited from the bank accounts of the
offending motorists, recorded by the spy car camera AT EACH
LOCATION, before being transferred to the coffers at Wirral

This information, when provided, will help the public to gain an
insight into whether the operators of the spy car are using the
vehicle as a ‘cash cow’ and choosing locations where most revenue
is likely to be collected, rather than using the vehicle to deter
dangerous behaviour by motorists e.g. parking on school zig zags
(as repeatedly claimed by Cabinet Portfolio Holder Councillor Harry

Despite its remarkable length, I don’t believe there are ANY school
zig zags on Seaview Road, Liscard,

yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

UPDATE   3rd February 2014

CLICK HERE!  An answer came in today for this FoI request. 

(mock up) Photo of this now infamous revenue collection point on Seaview Road, Liscard:

27 01 14 mock up - spy car

...More spy car / parking fine stories.  Move your cursor over the date to read the Headline:

June 2009 (1)

June 2009 (2)

July 2009 (1)

July 2009 (2)

August 2009 (1)

August 2009 (2)

July 2010

May 2011 (1)

May 2011 (2)

September 2011

June 2012

August 2013

September 2013

And finally…



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