CCTV on The Move
Tuesday 17th August
CCTV ON THE
An innovative form of parking enforcement is
to begin this Autumn, as Bedford Borough Council introduces a
mobile CCTV camera to borough roads in a bid to tackle ‘problem
area’ parking offences especially outside schools.
Effective enforcement around schools is a key
factor in improving road safety and discouraging nuisance parking.
The move follows a number of injuries to pupils from schools in the
borough in the past year. A key focus for the enforcement will be
providing effective enforcement particularly during school opening
and closing times when problems are most acute.
Other problem areas include: All loading
restrictions, yellow lines and bus stops/lanes. Working alongside
existing enforcement methods the objective of this form of
enforcement is to enhance effective, economical and efficient
patrolling of school entrances, bus stops, zigzag crossings, verges
and bus lanes
The CCTV Camera will be mounted on to an
existing Bedford Borough Council fleet vehicle, and will survey the
streets on its travels.
The vehicle will operate by collecting the
registration numbers of vehicles parked illegally and processing
this information to create Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) for
As a further visible deterrent the vehicle
will include signage advising motorists that “camera enforcement is
in operation” showing the council’s commitment to tackling nuisance
parking and road abuse.
Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for
Environment and Transport, at Bedford Borough Council said:
“Parking outside our schools has become unacceptable and following
accidents involving children, enforcement outside schools is our
number one priority. Parents are placing the lives of children in
danger and this cannot be allowed to continue, it is anti-social
behaviour which must not be tolerated. The new mobile CCTV vehicle
will be able to patrol the 80 schools across the urban and rural
areas very effectively and offer the support which schools are
asking us to provide.”