High-tech enforcement cameras have been placed in “key locations” outside schools in Doncaster to catch motorists who flout the rules and put safety at risk, bosses said.
Drivers entering restricted areas will be filmed and given a fixed penalty notice of up to Â£ 70. The cameras are operated by the council’s parking control team and the Safer Roads team working in conjunction with schools, and they have already been tested in some areas.
DMBC officers said parking on “keep away” markings outside schools during drop-off and pick-up times is a “significant problem”
Reports sent to the board by schools and other parents say that people who choose their children at school ignore the yellow zigzags, park on the double white and yellow lines, block entrances and exits, and even ride the sidewalks.
The cameras operate during school periods at drop-off and collection times in the morning and afternoon. They will only be used for enforcement purposes in restricted clearance areas and images will be reviewed by civilian enforcement officers before enforcement action is taken.
The redeployable nature of the cameras means that once improvements in an area are secured, the parking control team can move the cameras to other areas where issues have been identified. Funds raised through fines will be reinvested in expanding and improving road safety in and around schools.
Councilor Joe Blackham, Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Law Enforcement, said: âWe regularly receive complaints from affected schools, parents and residents regarding road safety outside of schools. .
âMost parents park with consideration, but I was appalled by the shocking and selfish behavior of some of the motorists who park illegally and endanger children’s lives by creating a dangerous place to drive around.
âParking restrictions are in place for a reason and shouldn’t be ignored, even when you’re in a rush to get to work and school.
âThis innovative camera technology is designed to promote a safer environment around the doors of our schools by reducing congestion, which in turn improves air quality and the environment.
“I hope we can also encourage parents to reconsider the need to drive to school and choose alternative means of transport such as walking, cycling or scooter or if this is not possible , at least park further and walk the rest of the way. The safety of children is our biggest concern, which is why we have really stepped up enforcement action in these problematic areas. “