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PaulB2005
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:15 am    Post subject: Black Toyota Pickup, with light bars and camera..... Reply with quote

Sorry no pics as i was driving and my phone was at home....

Passed, 3 times today, a black Toyota Pickup with yellow light bars, a camera above the light bars in a cage and yellow livery stating "CCTV Surveillance" and "Working in conjugation with The Partnership". It was parked up with lights and hazards on and the camera seems to be poiting rearwards capturing traffic coming up from behind it....

Any ideas what this might be for? It not our local ANPR Tax Disc man cos he's very obvious and always in the same place.

If nothing else it reminded me I'd forgotten to change my Tax Disc this morning..... Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

" The Partnership " seems a bit vague. It may be used for not quite legal purposes...

See if you can get a reg number next time and pop into your local Police Station with it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There seem to be more and more vehicles with external cameras around. Yesterday, I saw a white VW van, about the size of the smaller Transit, with the word 'Surveying' painted above the windscreen in black. This van had what looked like two surveillance CCTV cameras mounted on the roof, pointing to the rear.

This afternoon in Manchester, there was another plain white van, I didn't catch the make, unmarked, with a CCTV type camera at each corner of the roof, pointing at about 45 degrees outwards from the direction of travel fore and aft and 30 or so degrees down towards the floor. It was moving at normal traffic speeds and the driver was wearing an orange hi-viz waistcoat top. That's all I could see, so heaven know what it was.

Anybody have any clues?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could be DVLA or could even be Bailiffs? I've seen Bailiffs on the gogglebox using similar vans in Westminster to locate cars with accrued non-paid parking fines.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

richard345 wrote:
................This afternoon in Manchester, there was another plain white van, I didn't catch the make, unmarked, with a CCTV type camera at each corner of the roof, pointing at about 45 degrees outwards from the direction of travel fore and aft and 30 or so degrees down towards the floor. It was moving at normal traffic speeds and the driver was wearing an orange hi-viz waistcoat top. That's all I could see, so heaven know what it was.

Anybody have any clues?


I've seen these used in Kent (although with DVLA markings), they are ANPR cameras scanning parked traffic for un-taxed vehicles.

When they find a vehicle, they wheel clamp it with no tax avoidance notices stuck to the front screen, then a lorry appears within 48 hours to take it away.

They sometimes have camera's fore and aft to catch moving traffic.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with the previous posters. The plain vans are probably bailiffs, scanning parked vehicles for parking ticket fine dodgers. Several councils employ these bailiffs now to chase up their fines for them.

As for anything with 'Surveying' well....they do exactly what they say on the tin. Vans with cameras can scan road surfaces at normal traffic speeds now. The likes of Tele-Atlas use this type of vehicle to cover new roads for updated mapping for Tom Tom etc.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My car has 2 CCTV cameras fitted one front one rear, for work/safety purposes !
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