Council unveils its latest deterrent against dangerous parking outside Notts schools
Nottinghamshire County Council has unveiled its latest deterrent to prevent dangerous and inconsiderate parking outside schools
The County’ s second CCTV road safety car is set to officially take to the road from tomorrow (Tuesday 22 May)
School children at Hucknall's Holgate primary school got a preview of the new car today ( Monday) These pupils aged between 8 -10 years old act as road safety ambassadors for the school and regularly hand out thank you cards to motorists who park considerately in a bid to improve the issue for their school.
Dangerous and inconsiderate parking can seriously jeopardise road safety for children and it is a significant source of complaints and requests for parking enforcement.
Councillors agreed to the new car following the high demand for the current vehicle – which has been helping enforce ‘keep clear’ markings outside schools since March 2016
Latest figures show that 1500 penalty charge notices (PCNs) have been issued to motorists since March 2016 , with two-thirds of these
(around 1000) PCNs for dangerously and inconsiderately on ‘keep clear’ markings outside schools and a third ( 500) on bus stops. Parking which prevents a bus from picking or dropping off at a bus stop can cause congestion behind the bus if it is unable to move. In addition, it prevents passengers with mobility problems or pushchairs getting on or off the bus at the raised kerb edge.
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Communities and Place committee said:
“This new vehicle is part of our commitment to road safety around schools in the county and will help to address this genuine problems of dangerous or inconsiderate parking in many areas around school drop off and pick up times.
“We are keen to be able to meet the high demand we have had from schools, parents and others in local communities who have got in touch requesting this car to visit their area to help address these issues – so this new vehicle is essential for this as we have more than 330 schools spread across the county
" Today we are also releasing as series of video clips showing examples of the sort of dangerous and inconsiderate parking captured by the current CCTV vehicle in the last few weeks"
Head of Holgate Primary school, Emma Severn said,
“The school of course welcome any extra resource that helps to improve road safety for our school and local community. Unfortunately, inconsiderate or dangerous parking near our school is a real challenge for us.
“We do all we can to make parking easier for parents, as each day three or four staff currently take it in turns to help direct people on the correct use of our ‘drop off’ zone and encourage parents to try to use this and exit the school premises without the need to park anywhere at all on site at the school or in the vicinity”
"Pupils who act as the school's road safety ambassadors certainly learned more about how the new CCTV vehicle works - and I'm sure they will spread the word among their classmates."
Cllr Cottee added,
“I must make clear that our purpose in using a car-based enforcement system is not to raise revenue, in fact the existing CCTV car runs at a slight financial deficit for the Council. Our aim is to improve safety and stop dangerous and inconsiderate parking near schools and bus stops, which we know causes a great deal of concern."
The new vehicle cost £45,000 including the camera and software costs as well as maintenance costs for the first year.
All money generated by the penalty charge notices (PCN) go directly towards paying for the car and ongoing running costs of the equipment, driver and software support. A PCN issued is £70 which is reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days.