A PARKING camera van has already caught dozens of inconsiderate drivers.
Kirklees Council launched its CCTV vehicle last Monday to catch motorists who parkillegally.
The council has revealed that 40 penalty charge notices have been issued in the vehicle’s first week on the roads with the first of those caught due to have the £70 fines dropping on their doormats in the coming days.
Kirklees hopes the vehicle can catch 1,500 inconsiderate parkers in the first year, bringing in £100,000 in fines.
To meet the target, the van would have to find 29 illegal parkers a week.
The vehicle is particularly targeting motorists who park on zigzag lines outside schools, or in loading bays, bus stops and double yellow lines.
Cameras fitted to the roof of the van produce high-quality images. They also have Automatic Number Plate Recognition, which police use to spot cars which are uninsured.
The van’s cameras can take pictures on the move.
The vehicle will concentrate on problem areas, including around schools where parents parking on zigzag lines causes difficulties for children.
Residents can also request that the van visits their area to enforce parking rules.
A council spokesman: “The vehicle has been operating all across Kirklees, around town and village centres and schools, as it aims to improve road safety and reduce dangerous and illegal parking.
“A number of Kirklees schools have issues with irresponsible parking when people drop-off or pick-up their children.
“This clearly puts children, as well as drivers and other pedestrians, at risk. The vehicle is visiting schools to tackle the problem.
“At the moment around 40 penalty charge notices are going through the system as a result of the vehicle’s first few days of operation.”