Dangerous drivers who park illegally outside Rotherham schools can now expect to be fined as a new mobile enforcement camera rolls into action.
Roads around schools in the borough will be monitored by council officers armed with a new mobile CCTV system geared to tackling offenders.
The issue has been highlighted by The Star’s It’s Your Child campaign, which has been calling for tougher action to cut the number of accidents outside schools caused by problem parkers.
Installed in a clearly marked council vehicle, Rotherham’s new £70,000 CCTV system will allow the team to take images of illegally parked vehicles anywhere Traffic Regulation Orders are in place and where stopping is prohibited at any time.
Evidence will be reviewed by a qualified enforcement officer and, if appropriate, penalty charge notices will then be issued through the post to the registered keeper of the vehicle.
The full cost of the system, already in use by other councils including Sheffield and Barnsley, was obtained from South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.
Coun Gerald Smith, cabinet member for regeneration and development, said he believes the camera will act as a real deterrent to people who persist in illegal parking.
“We are sure that it will improve road safety and deal with concerns in many local communities, particularly outside schools where bad parking is an ongoing problem.
“This is obviously a very portable system that can be used at any specific location that is experiencing parking problems.”