Cameras in Westminster

1. Camera enforcement

To complement the on-street operation of marshals, we use fixed cameras and mobile camera units to encourage compliance with moving traffic regulations.

Cameras are the only means available to deter drivers from carrying out dangerous manoeuvres on Westminster’s roads, improve safety and reduce congestion. These contraventions cannot be enforced by on-street marshals.

As of 1 April 2015, the City of Westminster only enforces bus stop clearway and school-keep-clear parking restrictions by camera.

Camera enforcement penalty charge notices (PCNs)

PCNs issued via camera enforcement are sent by post to the registered keeper of the vehicle and will include a photograph of the alleged contravention being committed.

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Mobile camera units

The primary role of mobile camera units is to complement on-street enforcement by:

  • enforcing bus stop clearway and school-keep-clear parking restrictions
  • monitoring and carrying out site visits of special enforcement locations (areas under special arrangement as a result of complaints)
  • providing coverage when fixed cameras are down

Contraventions enforced by camera

View contraventions enforced by camera in Westminster

Locations of cameras

We currently have fixed cameras at the following locations:

  • Carlton Hill / Maida Vale (code 52)
  • Conduit Street / Saville Row (code 32)
  • Fernhead Road / Saltram Crescent (code 51)
  • Marshall Street / Ganton Street (code 53)
  • Piccadilly / Berkeley Street (code 31)
  • Shaftesbury Avenue / Gerrard Place (code 50)
  • Shaftesbury Avenue / Great Windmill Street / Denman Street (code 32)
  • Shirland Road / Saltram Crescent (code 51)
  • Upper Montagu Street / Marylebone Road (code 52)

Mobile camera units may also enforce traffic contraventions.

The list of camera locations has been revised due to the changes to parking enforcement that came into effect on 1 April 2015. For more information on these changes, see Deregulation Act and changes to parking enforcement.

The CCTV Governance Group and the 'Test of Appropriateness'

Locations of cameras used for traffic management purposes in Westminster have been approved by our CCTV Governance Group and have passed a test of appropriateness.

Our CCTV Governance Group acts as a single point of decision-making and accountability in relation to the deployment or removal of our cameras, or the commissioning or decommissioning of camera sites at locations across the borough. It ensures that the use of cameras is consistent, proportionate and coordinated in accordance with a test of appropriateness.

This test ensures that cameras will only be deployed when: 

  • there is a clearly identified and evidenced issue of concern in terms of compliance with traffic management regulations at a specific location
  • the use of cameras is considered to be the most effective and appropriate intervention to address that issue

The test of appropriateness also requires an exit strategy to be in place before any new deployment is approved such as when cameras are decommissioned as a result of sustained improvements in compliance levels.

The Metropolitan Police are represented on the Governance Group and the operation of cameras is scrutinised by a Community Observers scheme. Under the Community Observers Scheme, independent community observers carry out unannounced visits to the control room and observe and audit the system in operation, validating the council’s adherence to its code of practice.

VCA certificate

Certification of "Approved Devices" under article 2 of the Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (Approved Devices) (England) Order 2007 (PDF, 51KB)

2. Mobile camera unit locations

Vehicles mounted with cameras may enforce traffic contraventions at the locations listed below. Bus stop clearway (code 47) and school-keep-clear (code 48) parking contraventions may also be enforced by mobile cameras citywide. 

For more information about contraventions, check our list of contravention code descriptions.

Location Contravention Code
Cambridge Square 32, 51
Church Street / Penfold Street 51
Church Street / Salisbury Street 51
Clifton Road / Lanark Road 50
Clifton Road / Maida Vale 50
Elgin Avenue / Maida Vale 52
Gateforth Street / Church Street 50, 52
Lanark Road / Clifton Road 50
Lisle Street / Wardour Street 51
Penfold Street / Church Street 50
Plympton Street / Church Street 50, 52
Saltram Crescent 32
South Molton Street 32, 51, 53
Sutherland Avenue / Harrow Road 52
Wardour Street / Lisle Street 32, 53
Woodfield Road / Great Western Road 52
Woodfield Road / Harrow Road 52

3. Contraventions enforced by camera

Only the following contraventions are enforced by cameras in Westminster:

Parking contraventions

As of 1 April 2015, the City of Westminster only enforces bus stop clearway and school-keep-clear parking restrictions by camera.

Code Description
47 Stopped on a restricted bus stop or stand
48 Stopped in a restricted area outside a school

Moving traffic contraventions

Code Description
31 Entering and stopping in a box junction when prohibited
32 Failing to drive in the direction shown by the arrow on a blue sign
50 Performing a prohibited turn
51 Failing to comply with a no entry restriction
52 Failing to comply with a prohibition on certain types of vehicle
53 Failing to comply with a restriction on vehicles entering a pedestrian zone

Last updated: 10 March 2017
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