Parking tickets issued from CCTV video
After covering the town with video cameras, assurances were made that it was for cracking down on violent crime. Head Prosecutor for Nice, Eric de Montgolfier, has now authorised automatically sending fines for parking offenses caught on camera.
The scheme starts on 1st November and with Avenue de Verdun, Boulevard Carlone, and Boulevard Gambetta. Whereas in other countries, parking inspectors are forced to trudge through the rain to catch offenders, in Nice they will be able to put up their feet and drink a nice cup of tea whilst firing off fines. Of course this eliminates any sort of discretion, or “common sense”, but rather continues the drive to maximise revenue through penalising minor offenses. As the number of CCTV cameras expands, we can expect this to roll out city-wide.