New ‘spy car’ set to capture parking pests

Andrew McCaren/Ross Parry'Picture shows the new 50K traffic camera car that Red faced Bradford Council bosses have had to take off the road.'The �50k car designed to patrol the district's schools and catch motorists parking illegally has been doling out incorrect fines.'See Copy RPYSPY'The new CCTV car, which cost 50,000 pounds, was designed to patrol the district's schools fine any motorists breaking the law a 70 pounds fine.'Bradford Council, West Yorks., said at the launch that drivers are putting children's lives at risk "on a daily basis" by parking on zig-zag markings and on double yellow lines outside of schools.
Andrew McCaren/Ross Parry'Picture shows the new 50K traffic camera car that Red faced Bradford Council bosses have had to take off the road.'The �50k car designed to patrol the district's schools and catch motorists parking illegally has been doling out incorrect fines.'See Copy RPYSPY'The new CCTV car, which cost 50,000 pounds, was designed to patrol the district's schools fine any motorists breaking the law a 70 pounds fine.'Bradford Council, West Yorks., said at the launch that drivers are putting children's lives at risk "on a daily basis" by parking on zig-zag markings and on double yellow lines outside of schools.
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Persistent parking pests who block school entrances could soon be caught on camera after councillors agreed to crack down on the problem with a specially-equipped car.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s transport and highways committee unanimously approved a recommendation to patrol schools to enforce ‘keep clear’ zig-zag markings.

The move has been welcomed in Eastwood Broxtowe borough councillor Josie Marsters , who says she receives more complaints from constituents about school parking than any other issue, after anti-social behaviour.

She said: “At kicking-out time the parents are crazy. They park on corners and in ridiculous places just to get closer to the school. I hear complaints about this on a weekly basis.

“Anything to eradicate irresponsible parking is welcome.”

Church Street and Chewton Street are particular hot-spots for the issue.

The county council says it has invested in a programme of road safety improvements around schools, with 20mph speed zones introduced and ‘keep clear’ markings made enforceable.

The car will be equipped with an intelligent enforcement system that uses GPRS to recognise where restrictions begin and end as the vehicle is driven though a restriction zone.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras (ANPR) will record vehicles from all sides and create a segment of video which can be viewed to determine if fines will be issued, via post, to the vehicles concerned and subsequently to determine any appeal against the charge.

The car is likely to start operating next January and it is planned to use the vehicle across the county.