INSTANT fines of £50 could be slapped on Huddersfield parents who fail to send their children to school.
The fines are part of a series of new measures which are designed to curb anti-social behaviour.
And education officials in Kirklees believe the fines could be a big deterrent for parents.
The new measure comes in a number of increased powers under anti-yob laws.
Until now, anti-social behaviour orders (asbos) have been imposed on people terrorising communities.
But now those powers have been extended to cover troublesome pupils in schools across the country.
Mothers and fathers will also be forced to go back to class, to learn better parenting skills, if their offspring misbehave.
But problem parents will receive plenty of warnings before any punishment is given.
It is hoped the threat of fast-track fines will make guardians think more about where their children are during school time.
However, social workers stressed that the fines were a last resort.
"There will be plenty of opportunity for parents to work with the school and education service to find ways to improve a situation," said Stephen Mason, social work manager in Kirklees Council's education access service.
The fines are designed to be a speedier way of tackling problem parents, who are often behind a child's poor attendance record.
Mr Mason added: "Our main aim is to get young people and children in school."
Parents could also face court if a child misbehaves.
A parenting order, imposed by a civil court, is a 12-week course to improve ways that adults engage with their children.
"The 12 sessions look at parenting skills, communication skills and maybe show how they can support their child," said Mr Mason. He added: "We are trying to equip parents to respond to behaviour in a more considered manner to bring about change."
Further powers are to be given to councils in the coming months, to enable them to tackle yobbish behaviour. They will be able to take out asbos on relatives of people causing problems and also attach curfews to supervision orders.
There will also be new, fixed-penalty fines for graffiti and fly-posting offences and powers to make parents liable to pay for problems caused by their children aged under 16.