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New cameras target parents parking on yellow lines on the school runBack

VidealertNew CCTV-style cameras have been developed to deter parents from parking illegally on yellow lines when dropping off their kids for school.

Videalert, the company who have produced the new technology, have developed it to enforce parking restrictions outside schools.

The new £16,000 CCTV-style Videalert system is now being trialled by at least seven councils across the UK.

The Sunday Times has reported that the new technology is capable of reading the number plates of cars that stop on yellow or zigzag lines for more than a few seconds then relays the video footage back to a control room.

Local authorities can then use the information to issue a fine to the guilty culprits which is set up at £130 in London and a maximum of £70 outside the capital.

Videalert said it developed the technology after being approached by a local authority worried about the safety of pupils. Tim Daniels, a director at the company has stated that the technology is three times cheaper than using camera cars to police parking outside schools.

Tim Daniels said: “Our system can be fixed to existing street furniture and programmed to look for specific school-gate offences such as parking on a zigzag line for more than three seconds.

“They [the council] said head teachers had been complaining about parking outside schools and worrying about the safety of children. Since the first trials started over the summer we have been inundated with requests from other councils across the country asking about the system.”

Tom Conti, an actor who has campaigned for fairer parking rules, compared the cameras to “Stasi-style” surveillance, adding: “To target parents is frankly disgusting.”

Five councils in London, including Enfield, and at least two outside the capital are taking part in the trial of the system.


Posted by Leana Kell on 05/11/2013