New CCTV-style cameras are being trialled by a number of councils in an attempt to curb the amount of illegal parking that occurs during the morning and afternoon school runs.

The cameras, that can automatically read number plates and detect when someone is parking illegally, are being trialled by a number of councils within London and, according to The Sunday Times, at least two outside of the Capital.

Cutting-edge technology can “zoom in” to note relevant parking signs and then capture video evidence to send to the local authority before automatically generating a penalty notice.

The news will divide opinion as many parents are already concerned for their child's safety and believe dangers will increase should the new traffic enforcements prohibit them from dropping off close to the school.

According to the insurance industry, more than 1,000 children a month are injured on local roads near schools.

But many resident who live in close proximity to busy schools have long campaigned for an end to the often grid-locked madness that ensues during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

David Richmond, CEO of Videalert told Sky News: "This next-generation system is based on the same technology used for complex moving traffic offences, such as banned turns and box junctions.

"It will help to reduce the number of accidents that are happening outside our schools every day.

"We believe that the introduction of this technology is in line with Communities Secretary Eric Pickle’s position on concentrating enforcement efforts on areas, such as outside schools, where children's safety has become a major issue due to people parking negligently."

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Leon Poultney


November 4, 2013

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