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Complainant Name:
Medway Council

Clauses Noted: 1, 2

Publication: Your Medway


Mr John Staples of Medway Council complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the headline of the article "Council spy car breaks law...again" was inaccurate and misleading.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction:

Medway Council CCTV car - a correction
On page 2 of our June 30, 2010, issue this newspaper carried an article and picture of one of Medway Council's CCTV cars parked on double yellow lines on the A2 at Rainham. The headline stated: ‘Council spy car breaks the law... again'. We are happy to point out that this headline was totally inaccurate. We accept that Medway Council did not break the law by parking on double yellow lines and that the implication that its drivers had previously done so was inaccurate. Medway Council CCTV car drivers are exempt under an amendment to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. It allows drivers - when there is no alternative - to stop where it is safe to do so on double yellow lines to carry out traffic enforcement duties, like photographing illegally parked vehicles. We are happy to make this correction.

Date Published: 07/10/2010

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