The AA has criticised an affluent London council that is fining drivers for using public roads, accusing it of 'just trying to raise revenues'.
Hammersmith and Fulham council, nestled in the fashionable west of the capital, is slapping motorists who drive down five residential roads in a neighbourhood adjoining the river Thames with a £130 fine.
The public roads are fiercely guarded by cameras, which photograph number-plates to ensure that only those with a parking permit drive down.
The scheme, thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, has turned the area into a no-go zone for motorcyclists and drivers alike.
No vehicles except permit holders are allowed past the areas marked with a white circle bordered in red. The circles are where the cameras are which enforce the permit-only drivers
Hammersmith and Fulham Council has introduced a new scheme only allowing local residents to drive through certain roads. A sign above warns of the 'new camera enforcement controls'
Long queues across Wandsworth Bridge Road were seen yesterday afternoon as the area grinds to a halt due to the closure of two bridges and the scheme
Slamming the scheme, the AA's head of roads policy Jack Cousens said it appears 'the council is just trying to raise revenue and is not really concerned about air quality or managing traffic.
'We are concerned about the impact this will have on local residents and drivers and it could set a disastrous precedent,' he said. 'Other councils will be watching closely to see how much money it raises and could do the same thing.'
He added that the council should make sure it gets residents on-board and talks them through the scheme before making the major changes.
He explained that the scheme was legal as the council had put up signs indicating the restriction zone. It was also legal to have the cameras, he said, although this is unusual.
The scheme has so far caught many tradesmen including electricians and plumbers as they head down the road to respond to emergency calls.
It is also threatening to negatively impact local businesses.
The council says the initiative in the upmarket West London area will stop local roads being used as a rat run, but residents and businesses have branded it a money making scheme
Esak Botross, 67, who lives on one of the affected roads, told MailOnline: 'This scheme has actually made traffic worse. Cars are at a standstill for most of the day because they are all being forced onto main roads and can't use local roads anymore'
Esak Botross, 67, who lives on one of the affected roads, told MailOnline: 'This