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Traffic wardens to wear cameras

PUBLISHED: 15:33 11 March 2009 | UPDATED: 09:40 12 August 2010

TRAFFIC wardens have started wearing video cameras to dissuade violent motorists from abusing them. Each of the 30 parking attendants in Bromley

TRAFFIC wardens have started wearing video cameras to dissuade 'violent' motorists from abusing them.

Each of the 30 parking attendants in Bromley has been or is soon to be given the recording equipment to video the issuing of penalty charge notices.

The scheme cost £15,000, which works out at £500 per person, and has been paid for by revenue Bromley council made from parking fines. Between April 1 2007 and March 31 2008, the council pocketed £3.3million from penalty payments.

Bromley Councillor for Environment, Colin Smith, said: "We all understand that parking enforcement can be a contentious subject at times and we simply want to make the process as open, transparent and as fair as possible.

"It is frustrating to everybody that on occasions where motorists might wish to complain or where wildly different versions of the same event are reported to the appeals team, that there is often little evidence we can draw upon and this technology will help to plug that gap.

"It will also offer protection to Vinci Park's staff when a motorist might be inclined to be abusive or even violent".

Last year, there were more 25,000 appeals to the council.

A council spokesperson said: "If you take into account the number of appeals you can see it is good value. This is very good technology, similar to that which the police use. It can't be tampered with and is all timed and dated."

The devices, which are attached to a headband, consist of a recorder, camera, switch, and cabling. They are waterproof and can be used in all weather conditions and in 'low light' levels.

The council claims the technology is being used in accordance with Home Office guidelines and following data protection rules.

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