As the spy car goes around fining people for offences...one reader catches it notching up an offence of its own (From Echo)
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As the spy car goes around fining people for offences...one reader catches it notching up an offence of its own
10:50am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
A DISGRUNTLED driver has slammed a “hypocritical” spy car for fining him... while it was driving illegally.
Simon Day, 33, was hit with a £70 fine for pulling on to the verge of the dual-carriageway in High Road, Laindon, to answer a phone call.
He immediately noticed he had been caught by the mobile enforcement vehicle, but also spotted its right brake light was not working.
If motorists are stopped by police, they can be handed with a £60 fine and three penalty points for the offence.
Mr Day, of Bourne Close, Laindon, said: “I think it’s disgusting they can fine me when they’re driving around with a dodgy brake light.
“I pulled over because it isn’t safe to answer the phone when you’re driving and in my opinion not having a brake light is much more dangerous.
“I paid the fine because I hold my hands up, I was in the wrong, but I just think it’s completely hypocritical.
“You would have thought these cars would be inspected regularly, so I can’t believe a fault like that went unnoticed.”
Last year, the distinctive white Toyota, which has a camera fitted on the roof, raked in almost £84,000 in fines. The South Essex Parking Partnership took control of the spy car, nicknamed the Beast of Basildon, from Basildon Council in April 2011.
A spokesman for the organisation said: “Staff complete a check list each time before taking the vehicle on duty. Checking the operation of all the lights, including brake lights, forms part of the check. Staff will not take the vehicle on patrol if a fault is found. If a fault occurs while the vehicle is on patrol, it is possible that this will not be picked up until the next shift has checked the vehicle.
“While completing one of these vehicle checks, it was noted the brake light was not working and the fault was not due to a blown bulb.
“Following further investigation, the fault was due to an intermittent electrical fault, which has since been rectified.”
And a reader has sent us this picture this morning....near Warrior House in Southchurch Road
And this snap was taken on London Road as it approached Hamlet Court Road