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CCTV cars issue parking tickets
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The CCTV cars will focus on traffic hotspots
High-tech cars which use a CCTV camera in a periscope to spy on drivers breaking the law are to begin issuing tickets in London.

The specially modified Smart cars are being deployed by Westminster council to enforce traffic and parking restrictions in the West End.

They will focus principally on dangerous parking near schools and illegal parking at busy junctions.

It is hoped they will also improve the flow of traffic around the area.

Warning notices with photographic evidence were sent out during the first two weeks of the scheme but from Monday drivers caught flouting the rules face a penalty fine.

Tickets will be issued automatically through the post.

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