Northumberland County Council is using a ‘parking enforcement vehicle’ to monitor parking on ‘School Keep Clear’ restrictions and help improve road safety outside schools across the county.
The enforcement vehicle, which is equipped with a camera, was introduced in 2016 in response to concerns over dangerous parking outside schools and other issues including speeding.
Since its introduction, 117 penalty charge notices have been issued relating to vehicles parked in restricted areas.
Northumberland County Council says the presence of the vehicle has encouraged parents and carers to ‘think carefully and act responsibly’ when parking outside a school at busy drop-off and pick-up times.
The council also says the vehicle has been well received by parents and teachers, who have noted a ‘significant improvement’ in road safety.
Paul Jones, director for local services and housing delivery at Northumberland County Council, said: “We are constantly working to improve road safety especially around schools and whilst the majority of people act responsibly, there are a minority of drivers whose actions create an increased road safety risk.
“The introduction of the enforcement vehicle has resulted in positive improvements in road safety, with many schools noticing a direct impact as a result of the enforcement vehicle routinely visiting their area.”