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Camera crackdown on dangerous school run parking

Keep Clear zig zags outside Castle High School in Dudley
Keep Clear zig zags outside Castle High School in Dudley

Mobile CCTV is to be deployed to try and keep children safe outside schools in Dudley, it has been revealed.

Dudley Council is sending out a car equipped with CCTV to deter people from parking on yellow ‘keep clear’ zig zag lines outside school gates in the borough.

It is an offence to stop anywhere on such lines, punishable by a £70 fine.

Government legislation states CCTV can only be used to enforce certain traffic offences, such as illegal parking on the yellow zig-zags, on red routes or travelling in bus lanes.

It cannot be used to punish illegal parking on double yellow lines, or on white zig zags next to zebra or pelican crossings.

The car, which was already one of the council’s fleet of vehicles, has been kitted out with smart technology. Using Google Maps and GPS, it will sense when the car has been driven into an area with yellow zig zag lines and start recording. It will stop when the car leaves the area, capturing the number plates of all those parked illegally while it is there. If, after monitoring the footage, an offence has been committed, penalty charge notices will be issued by post.

The car has already been deployed outside a few schools in June and July, but it will be rolled out across the whole borough when children return next week after the summer holidays.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental services, said:

“Illegal parking outside schools puts the lives of children at risk.

“The yellow zig-zag lines are there for a reason – to ensure visibility so children can see and be seen clearly when they cross the road on their way to and from school.

“We take this extremely seriously. People who flout the law and ignore the zig zags will be fined, and the new CCTV equipped car should help us catch those who are endangering children.

“The vehicle will be patrolling school sites on most days and I am sure it will be welcomed by the majority of law-abiding residents, who will be as frustrated as we are at illegal parking.”

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