Two new CCTV-equipped parking enforcement cars have started operating in Southend as of Monday 4 July, to crack down on anti-social motorists.
The brand new white Toyota iQ cars have been put into operation in response to residents’ concerns about dangerous and anti-social parking, particularly in the vicinity of schools.
The CCTV cars will target vehicles parked illegally on double yellow lines, zig zag lines outside schools, in ‘no waiting restriction’ areas, bus stops, cycle ways and any other locations where parking a vehicle is adversely affecting pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.
Southend Council’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Transport, Tony Cox, welcomed the arrival of the cars. He said: “By using these vehicles we hope to deter drivers from anti-social parking and allow the borough’s carriageways to function as highways first and parking resources second.”
“They are intended for use around schools, on cycleways, box junctions, prohibited turns and other areas where inconsiderate and irresponsible motorists create safety issues.”
Mr Cox added: “They will enable us to commence serving some Penalty Charge Notices by post for the first time instead of having to place them on the windscreens of vehicles in contravention.”
“This isn’t about generating revenue for the Council’s coffers – it’s about sending a clear message to motorists whose behaviour has the potential to put lives in danger.”