New camera clamp-down on illegal parking across the Dearne

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Dangerous drivers who persist in parking illegally outside schools across Rotherham and the Dearne could find their actions are recorded!

Rotherham Council has launched a clamp down on careless drivers, using a costly new mobile enforcement camera.

There will be no escape for inconsiderate drivers, claims the Council. The new mobile CCTV system will allow the parking services team to act quickly when people park where Traffic Regulation Orders are in place.

The camera will be particularly useful at locations where there are ‘no stopping’ restrictions, such as on urban clearways, pedestrian crossing points and ‘hot spots’ where waiting restrictions are often flouted.

Installed in a CCTV-marked council vehicle, the new £70,000 system will provide images of vehicles parked illegally as evidence, for review by a qualified Civil Enforcement Officer. If appropriate, penalty charge notices will then be issued through the post to the registered keeper of the vehicle.

Funding towards the system was obtained from the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.

Coun Gerald Smith, the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development for Rotherham Council, who approved the purchase of the new system, said: “We are confident that it will improve road safety and deal with concerns in the community, particularly outside schools, where illegal and inconsiderate parking is an on-going problem for Rotherham, as it is in many other areas.

“By acquiring this camera we can also use it at specific locations where there are particular problems, right across the road network. It will act as a real deterrent.”

A successful bid has been made to the Safer Roads Partnership fund for the full cost of the system, which is approved by the Department for Transport and is already in use by other authorities, such as Barnsley and Sheffield City Council.