A mobile CCTV van will soon be on patrol in Bridgend County Borough to tackle the problem of drivers parking dangerously outside schools.
The new vehicle, which will be marked as a ‘mobile enforcement unit’, will capture footage of any inconsiderate motorists who park their cars illegally on school ‘keep clear’ markings or ignore other parking restrictions that put children at risk.
Coun Richard Young, BCBC’s cabinet member for communities, said: “Many concerns have been expressed by parents, schools, and local councillors that this is an issue in many of our communities. We want to do everything we can to improve the safety of schoolchildren and their families, so are pleased to agree the purchase of this new CCTV vehicle.
“A team of civil enforcement officers already patrol school entrances on foot, but drivers often see them approaching and remove their vehicles before returning when the officer is no longer in the area.
“The mobile vehicle will be able to quickly capture images while moving past or when stationary, and Penalty Charge Notices will then be sent to the offending drivers through the post.
“It will be a huge asset for us and drum home the point that motorists should always think about safety when parking near our schools. Not only does illegal parking put others at risk, but it also causes unnecessary congestion.”
Although the new CCTV vehicle will help to make schools safer, it will also be deployed to reduce dangerous parking in town centres and other hot-spot areas that can be harder to enforce on foot.
Coun Young added: “The vehicle will also make us more effective in tackling problems with parking on zig-zags near pedestrian crossings.
“While a driver may think that it is more convenient for them to park in such a location while they go about their business, doing so can have serious safety implications as it restricts the visibility of any pedestrian using the crossing.
“Parking in bus stops is another problem. It consistently affects local bus operators, and has an impact on safety, punctuality, and convenience of bus passengers. With a mobile CCTV vehicle, it will be possible for the team to patrol a full bus route within a relatively short period of time.”