Redcar and Cleveland CCTV Car
Redcar and Cleveland Council’s prowling CCTV car caught thousands of drivers parking illegally leading to more than £90,000 fines paid.
10:21 16 January 2020
More than £90,000 has been paid after a prowling CCTV car caught drivers parking illegally. Redcar and Cleveland Council introduced the vehicle to dish out £70 fines for anyone caught violating parking laws across the area last year.
Records show that 2,236 people have been issued with tickets by the car and of those, 1,295 have paid fines. Many of the tickets have been cancelled or appealed while 46 are currently with an enforcement agency and may end up at court.
Cllr Barry Hunt, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Environment, said: “Safety was at the forefront of the council’s mind when the CCTV car was introduced in July 2018 as illegal and dangerous parking outside schools had been a growing concern.
“Since the car has been on patrol around the borough there has been an improvement in parking behaviour in the immediate vicinity of schools and there has been a reduction in the number of complaints relating to the issue.
“We would, however, again ask drivers to carefully consider where they park. It is not acceptable to put anyone at risk – particularly a child – simply for the sake of a seemingly convenient parking space.
“The CCTV car is used to supplement the work of our enforcement officers and we know from our recent residents’ survey that enforcement action is important to our residents. The income generated by the CCTV car is broadly in line with the council’s estimates and all funds are directed to the enforcement service budget.”