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CCTV on The Move

Tuesday 17th August 2010

 

CCTV ON THE MOVE

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 offenders.

 

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.”

 

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