The North Essex Parking Partnership’s (NEPP) is working to help make streets safer for all by deploying a new ‘Park Safe’ camera car.
Launching during January and February 2014, the NEPP’s introduction of the camera car follows numerous requests for increased enforcement from parents, schools, residents and local councils.
The Park Safe vehicle will be phased in across all the NEPP member districts, except Tendring following a request from the district council.
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Coinciding with the time it is launched in each of the 5 participating districts, the Park Safe vehicle’s work will be promoted to local residents, parents and schools, including through school newsletters and visits. The patrol car will be clearly branded, making it highly visible to motorists.
The vehicle will focus on tackling dangerous, careless, inconsiderate and negligent parking on ‘no stopping’ restrictions, including on pedestrian crossings and zig-zag markings around schools. Several schools will be patrolled every day, recognising the need for parking enforcement particularly at school start and finish times. Its use also supports existing Police and Essex County Council road safety campaigns.
Major through-routes with fast moving traffic and other clearways, bus stops, taxis ranks and loading restrictions will also be enforced by the vehicle.
Park Safe camera car
Information on where Park Safe plans to carry out enforcement across the Partnership area will be available, in advance, online at www.parkingpartnership.org.
Introducing the Park Safe’ patrol will support the work of the NEPP’s Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) who patrol on foot. CEOs will be able to give greater focus to car parks, parking permits and ‘no waiting’ restrictions where they are most effectively deployed.
Maintaining the high quality of Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) it currently issues, the NEPP will review all photos taken by Park Safe’s on-board CCTV camera to determine if a PCN should subsequently be issued to a motorist.
The Park Safe patrol car will be trialled for 1 year, with its work regularly reviewed by the NEPP’s Joint Committee.
Help make our streets safer
Chairman of the North Essex Parking Partnership’s Joint Committee, Councillor Robert Mitchell, said: “The NEPP repeatedly receives requests from schools, parents, residents and councillors to boost parking enforcement, particularly around school sites where parking restrictions are specifically designed to assist pedestrian access, but are routinely ignored.”
“I am very pleased we are rolling out the Park Safe patrol car across most of north Essex to help make our streets safer for children and adults alike. The vehicle will enable us to more effectively tackle dangerous and negligent parking which will assist buses, taxis and the flow of general traffic, supporting our town centres and local economies.”
“Our CEOs will also have more time to focus on patrolling car parks and permit parking areas, improving parking space availability for those who need it.”
Act as a deterrent
Following the Epping Forest launch the Park Safe vehicle will then begin patrolling suitable streets across the district.
Epping Forest District Council’s Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder, Councillor Waller, said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to bring the Park Safe camera car to Epping Forest. There have been a number of problems with dangerous stopping for some time, particularly around schools at drop off and pick up times and it is getting worse!”
“The camera car is to act as a deterrent and not a way to just catch out motorists. I hope that along with other safety campaigns this will encourage all drivers to be considerate and stop in a safe place to let pupils alight or to pick them up. We want to ensure that the district is as safe a place as possible for all pedestrians, including children, and motorists.”