Kirklees Council could introduce cameras to check on bad parking around schools
Dec 27 2010 by Sam Casey, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
PARENTS who park illegally outside schools could face fines if they are caught on camera.
Kirklees Council is considering introducing a ‘mobile enforcement camera’ to catch drivers stopping in inconsiderate or dangerous spots.
Anyone filmed breaking the rules could be hit with a penalty charge notice of up to £70.
Clr Peter McBride, cabinet member for regeneration, environment and transport, said: “The introduction of mobile parking enforcement will help to improve community safety and will also reduce delays and disruption to public transport and other road users.
“ It will also complement the council’s investment over the past few years in bus improvements.”
Signs stating waiting restrictions outside schools have been introduced. Under the rules, bus lanes and cycle lanes must be kept clear of traffic along with dual carriageways with waiting restrictions, zig-zag markings near schools and crossings and bus stops where disabled people can have difficulty boarding.
The camera, mounted on a council vehicle, would be used to enforce the rules.
Vehicles parking illegally would be identified using automatic number plate recognition technology.
Evidence would then be reviewed by a trained member of staff before a penalty charge notice is issued.
Photographic evidence would be sent to the address of the registered vehicle keeper.
Anyone caught threatening or abusing enforcement officers could also land themselves in trouble.
The move follows complaints by several schools.