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ASSENT TO LONDON LOCAL AUTHORITIES ACT

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The sixth London Local Authorities Act, which has just received Royal Assent, will give new powers to London boroug...
The sixth London Local Authorities Act, which has just received Royal Assent, will give new powers to London boroughs in relation to bus lane cameras, car boot sales, fire safety and burglar alarms.

-- Bus lanes - These provisions allow London boroughs to take over the enforcement of bus lane infringements detected by remote cameras by issuing fixed penalty notices for offenders. It is intended to have cameras mounted on buses.

-- Car boot sales - If they pass a resolution in favour, London boroughs will have the powers to grant or refuse permission for the holding of car boot sales, and will able to impose conditions on their starting and finishing times, parking arrangements, control of litter and noise etc.

They will also be able to insist that the names and addresses of sellers at the sale are publicly displayed. Charitable events will be exempt.

-- Fire safety - This part of the act will require boroughs to consult the London Fire Authority on all entertainment licensing applications. This is already done in practice, but has not been a legal requirement.

Burglar alarms - London boroughs already have the powers to require that burglar alarms be fitted with automatic cut-out devices, and to enter premises and deactivate alarms which have been ringing for over an hour. This latest act will allow them to recover the costs incurred in such enforcement activity.

The provisions of the act will come into force on 17th December.

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