PARENTS of truants in Kirklees are to face fixed-penalty fines.
The £50 fines - rising to £100 if not paid within 28 days - were introduced by the Government in February.
Since then, five councils have issued 40 truancy fines.
Although Kirklees has assumed the powers granted in the 2003 Anti-Social Behaviour Act it has yet to issue a fixed-penalty fine.
But that is set to change.
After talks with police and head teachers over the last couple of months systems will be set up to administer the fines.
From September, the fixed- penalty fines - with parents facing prison if they don't pay within 42 days - will be used as an alternative to court action.
Joe Wilson, Kirklees's head of education access, said the fines would be cheaper to administer than court costs.
He added: "We have 2,500 referrals each year about children who have problems with school attendance. Of these, only between 30 and 40 are prosecuted in court.
"The rest are successfully dealt with by parenting groups and advice from educational social workers.
"We only need to go to court when parents refuse advice and there is a persistent problem."
Head teachers' unions have said that fining parents of persistent truants could make them even less co-operative.
The Department for Education and Skills said the first wave of fines had been issued by education welfare officers rather than heads.
Birmingham has led the way, issuing 24 truancy penalty notices, followed by Rotherham with nine.
The DfES said they were the first councils to set guidelines on how the truancy fines were to be issued and that was why they had started to use the new powers.
A spokesman for the department said the Government expected all councils to be using anti-truancy fines by the end of this year.