Tuesday, 8 September 2009

War on the motorist

Horrifying news from the Daily Mail.

The war on the motorist has taken a savage new turn.

Cameras are being deployed in car parks to catch drivers who haven't paid for a parking ticket and those who have no car tax. They are linked to the DVLA driver database, allowing an almost instantaneous check of registrations.

The information is being used to fine hundreds of motorists and in some cases details are being passed on to bailiffs to chase unpaid tickets.

Yesterday privacy campaigners warned traditional freedoms were under grave threat from creeping state surveillance.

What kind of society are we living in when the innocent motorist can’t dodge paying for insurance or a parking ticket without a vicious shaven-headed brute knocking on their front door and threatening to seize their telly? Or even worse: their car.