A new camera enforcement van is helping a local council in south Wales to tackle illegally parked vehicles at schools in the area.
Neath Port Talbot Council is deploying the van as part of a county-wide school gate parking campaign, carried out in partnership with South Wales Police and Mid and West Wales Fire & Rescue Service.
The van, which photographs illegally parked vehicles, generates a fixed penalty notice that is sent directly to vehicle keepers’ registered address. It is equipped with two roof-mounted Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras and two colour cameras to capture video evidence.
A competition was held to name the new vehicle, with the winning entry – ‘iPatrol’ – submitted by Gnoll Primary School pupil Ruby Gilley (pictured).
Banners are also being displayed outside schools to raise awareness of the dangers of illegal parking, while pupils are being educated and encouraged by the council’s road safety team to positively influence parents and others who drive them to school.
However, Neath Port Talbot Council says enforcement ‘appears to be the most effective way to tackle this growing issue’.
Cllr Rob Jones, leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, said: “Indiscriminate and dangerous parking around Neath Port Talbot will no longer be tolerated.
“The mobile enforcement vehicle seeks to challenge drivers who choose to park on school ‘keep clear’ markings, within clearly defined bus stops and on pedestrian crossings – with no thought for the safety of others.
“It is hoped that this vehicle will help to further ensure greater safety and protection for pedestrians and other road users as we progress through 2019.”