Illegal parking on zig-zag and double yellow lines outside local schools is being targeted by a new high-tech ‘parking enforcement’ vehicle recently introduced by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).
The car uses GPS technology, coupled with number plate recognition cameras, to record the details of any vehicles it detects in a restricted area.
This information is stored on an on-board computer and double-checked by an officer to confirm that an offence has taken place, before a postal penalty charge notice is issued.
The vehicle was officially launched before the summer holidays at Bradley Stoke’s Wheatfield Primary School, where inconsiderate parking has been a problem for many years.
Headteacher Christine Dursley said:
“We’re very pleased to see the launch of the car and hope it will remind road users about the need to park safely.”
“Cars that park or wait on the zigzags outside the school are a hazard for our pupils, because they stop them seeing the road clearly and make it more difficult to cross safely.”
“We know that the enforcement car can’t be everywhere at once, but hopefully the knowledge that it is out and about at school drop-off times will encourage people to observe the parking regulations and make our roads safer for children and their parents.”
Cllr Claire Young, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Communities Committee, said:
“In South Gloucestershire we’re fortunate to have some of the safest roads in the country and we want to keep them that way.”
“While most road users park safely, some do occasionally park dangerously in restricted areas and the message today is that if you continue to do this, you will receive a fine.”
“We’re urging drivers to check the local parking restrictions and make sure that they park safely and away from restricted areas. Road users particularly need to be aware that driving away when the parking enforcement car approaches is not a defence, because their details will already have been recorded.”
The car is clearly marked with the council livery.
More information: Park legally (SGC)
Photo: The parking enforcement car is launched at Wheatfield Primary School, Wheatfield Drive, Bradley Stoke.
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This article originally appeared in the September edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to all homes in Bradley Stoke.
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