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Camera enforcement car visits city school

Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A MOBILE camera car which could be used to catch motorists who park illegally and inconsiderately on zig-zag yellow lines is visiting a city school.

The specially-equipped vehicle could play a leading role in camera enforcement outside city schools as part of a wide-ranging parking improvement plan by Leicester City Council.

In April the city council agreed use of camera evidence to enforce mandatory ‘keep clear’ areas in the city, including designated bus stops and yellow markings outside schools.

An example of a camera enforcement car on loan from Nottingham City Council is taking centre stage at a road safety event at Spinney Hill Primary School from 2pm on Tuesday, June 20. 

Pupils at the school have been at the forefront of a local road safety campaign, running their own Road Safety Committee and producing a video calling for drivers to take extra care when driving or parking near the school.

Leicester assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services, Cllr Kirk Master, said: “Dangerous and inconsiderate parking outside schools is an issue which people rightly feel very strongly about, and we’re tackling it as a key part of our city-wide Parking Improvement Action Plan.

“We’re still at the stage of deciding exactly what methods we will use at which locations, including fixed cameras or mobile cameras, but we could well employ a camera enforcement vehicle like this at peak times as a very visible deterrent to the motorists responsible.

“We’re working closely with the fire brigade and the police to tackle all sorts of illegal and inconsiderate parking such as blocking emergency routes and obstructing roads and pavements for other users.” 

The use of cameras is being proposed for situations where Civil Enforcement Officers cannot always be present, such as across all city schools at peak drop-off and pick-up times.

Camera enforcement outside schools could begin in the autumn term, once the relevant traffic regulation orders and warning signs have been put in place. 

Spinney Hill Primary School headteacher Catherine Stretton added: “Pupils here have taken a very keen interest in road safety issues outside the school, even forming their own school Road Safety Committee and producing a video aimed at improving driving during the morning and afternoon school run. 

“We’d certainly welcome the introduction of the city council’s camera enforcement to help improve road safety, which would really act as a further deterrent to inconsiderate drivers.”

Under the Traffic Management Act 2004, drivers caught on CCTV camera in designated clearways will face fines of £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 21 days.

Spinney Hills Primary School road safety video can be seen on the link below: