Transport for London confirmed, in a Freedom of Information Act reply, that they do actually keep their London Congestion Charge cameras switched on all the time, even at night and weekends, i.e. when the Congestion Charge period does not apply , because "it would be too expensive to switch them over manually."
Are we seriously meant to believe that either a remote computer software command or a normal cheap, timeswitch, could not be fitted to these cameras, to restrict them to just the time period for which they are legally entitled to be used for the enforcement of the Congestion Charge ?
Does anyone really believe that this could not be done remotely or on a time switch ?
How much energy is being wasted by 700 CCTV cameras and at least 800 or so infrared floodlights being kept switched on all the time ?
Who has access to this data which is being collected and analysed at night and at weekends, for which there is no legal business reason to collect it ?
The program will be repeated on Wednesday 29th November 2006 at 10pm.