Spy cars to hit streets in bid to combat dangerous school parking

Halstead Gazette: Spy cars to hit streets in bid to combat dangerous school parking Spy cars to hit streets in bid to combat dangerous school parking

Spy cars will be positioned outside schools to combat dangerous parking by the end of this month.

The North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) hopes to start using CCTV vehicles for enforcement purposes in January.

The issue of dangerous parking outside primary schools has been identified as a police priority in several villages in the Braintree district.

During December, NEPP carried out tests on the vehicle in the Colchester area, although it did not issue any parking tickets during this period.

NEPP business manager Lou Belgrove said: “The clearly branded “Park Safe” vehicle will now focus on tackling dangerous, careless, inconsiderate and negligent parking on ‘no stopping’ restrictions, including streets surrounding schools."

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10:37am Sat 11 Jan 14

pierre-pierre says...

I dont know

Parked on a double yellow line, out side a gate that says no parking
I dont know Parked on a double yellow line, out side a gate that says no parking pierre-pierre
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1:25pm Sat 11 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

I wonder. Will we get to see the Selfie?

Looks like she's busy texting as well!
I wonder. Will we get to see the Selfie? Looks like she's busy texting as well! OMPITA [Intl]
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9:07pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Beck 1 says...

How funny to see the very enforcement operator parking illegally. Great example to set for others.
On a more serious note, if no tickets were handed out when used in Colchester, what is the deterrent for Braintree.
Having witnessed some appalling examples of lazy parents parking in dangerous places outside my childs school, i feel strongly that these repeat offenders need to be given a penalty that'll make them think twice.
How funny to see the very enforcement operator parking illegally. Great example to set for others. On a more serious note, if no tickets were handed out when used in Colchester, what is the deterrent for Braintree. Having witnessed some appalling examples of lazy parents parking in dangerous places outside my childs school, i feel strongly that these repeat offenders need to be given a penalty that'll make them think twice. Beck 1
  • Score: 3

10:48pm Sat 11 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

These camera cars are as much use as the 'teats on a bull' outside school entrances.

We have had them up here at Planet Zog for a couple of years.

Twice daily, the road by the entrance to the school at the end of our cul-de-sac is a morass of maneuvering 4 x 4 vehicles with idiotic selfish drivers jostling for a place to stop and blindly turn around just so that their own kids can be delivered within a few walking paces of the gates. To hell with the law and the consequential hazards presented to all the other parents and tiny tots picking their way through the melee.

With a completely disinterested headteacher and no police support either it is an open house, incredibly dangerous anarchic situation, with sooner or later the inevitability of an utterly unthinkable outcome.

It's all too much trouble for the local authority to bother sending their parking wardens (or whatever posh title they have this week) to discreetly wait unseen only to emerge to confront and nick the miscreants. There are far richer pickings to be made by photographing non attended cars left elsewhere which whilst not in anyway causing a danger they are nonetheless technically transgressing a regulation by being an inch or two the wrong side of some yellow line or other. Easy money!

On the very very rare occasions that a camera car has been anywhere near the school it sticks out like a 'boxer dogs whatsits' and simply serves as a warning beacon which has the effect of making the drivers turn away and come back later when it's not there.

They don't get their collars felt and they simply continue to come back day after day with impunity.

Just what is the point of deploying an occasional (virtually ineffective) camera car when static cameras could do the job constantly and for a fraction of the cost?

It's madness!
These camera cars are as much use as the 'teats on a bull' outside school entrances. We have had them up here at Planet Zog for a couple of years. Twice daily, the road by the entrance to the school at the end of our cul-de-sac is a morass of maneuvering 4 x 4 vehicles with idiotic selfish drivers jostling for a place to stop and blindly turn around just so that their own kids can be delivered within a few walking paces of the gates. To hell with the law and the consequential hazards presented to all the other parents and tiny tots picking their way through the melee. With a completely disinterested headteacher and no police support either it is an open house, incredibly dangerous anarchic situation, with sooner or later the inevitability of an utterly unthinkable outcome. It's all too much trouble for the local authority to bother sending their parking wardens (or whatever posh title they have this week) to discreetly wait unseen only to emerge to confront and nick the miscreants. There are far richer pickings to be made by photographing non attended cars left elsewhere which whilst not in anyway causing a danger they are nonetheless technically transgressing a regulation by being an inch or two the wrong side of some yellow line or other. Easy money! On the very very rare occasions that a camera car has been anywhere near the school it sticks out like a 'boxer dogs whatsits' and simply serves as a warning beacon which has the effect of making the drivers turn away and come back later when it's not there. They don't get their collars felt and they simply continue to come back day after day with impunity. Just what is the point of deploying an occasional (virtually ineffective) camera car when static cameras could do the job constantly and for a fraction of the cost? It's madness! OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 4

11:23pm Sat 11 Jan 14

montygirl says...

Try New Rickstones academy where it has a car park yet parents block the entrance to drop their lazy teens unable to walk 100 yards or just park on the bend as you turn off rickstones rd into Conrad road blocking the entrance to the road and making it unsafe whilst swearing at people who dare to question them parking there.
Try New Rickstones academy where it has a car park yet parents block the entrance to drop their lazy teens unable to walk 100 yards or just park on the bend as you turn off rickstones rd into Conrad road blocking the entrance to the road and making it unsafe whilst swearing at people who dare to question them parking there. montygirl
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12:53am Sun 12 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Would that by any chance be the ‘Rickstones Academy’ which declares its commitment to nurturing and encouraging a sense of social responsibility and personal development amongt its students?

How odd then that at it should be necessary for the mummies to have to drive our future little citizens virtually up to the school entrance each day. (Please don’t tell me they perhaps also spit on their hankies and give their charges a final little shine before seeing them out of the car)?

Ha Ha. What a joke it’s all become!
Would that by any chance be the ‘Rickstones Academy’ which declares its commitment to nurturing and encouraging a sense of social responsibility and personal development amongt its students? How odd then that at it should be necessary for the mummies to have to drive our future little citizens virtually up to the school entrance each day. (Please don’t tell me they perhaps also spit on their hankies and give their charges a final little shine before seeing them out of the car)? Ha Ha. What a joke it’s all become! OMPITA [Intl]
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11:03am Sun 12 Jan 14

montygirl says...

OMPITA that would be the one,And can't use the excuse that from the villages as they have a school bus that brings them in. It's easy to spout words about what you do,slightly harder to actually realistically do it or make sure it happens just look at politicians!
OMPITA that would be the one,And can't use the excuse that from the villages as they have a school bus that brings them in. It's easy to spout words about what you do,slightly harder to actually realistically do it or make sure it happens just look at politicians! montygirl
  • Score: 1

1:50pm Mon 13 Jan 14

The Stinker Returns says...

Why do so many kids need driving to school, especially in Witham where surely they can all walk or get the bus? My parents made us walk in all weathers. I don't get it.
Why do so many kids need driving to school, especially in Witham where surely they can all walk or get the bus? My parents made us walk in all weathers. I don't get it. The Stinker Returns
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12:18pm Tue 14 Jan 14

keith_l says...

These days even if taking the bus they get driven to the bus stop, and then wait in the car until the bus arrives.

On my cycle to the station I exit a back road onto a main road in Witham next to a pickup point for the St John Payne bus. Two parents frequently park side by side blocking the minor road, and then the bus blocks the main road as it is not a formal bus stop and there are often cars parked opposite.
These days even if taking the bus they get driven to the bus stop, and then wait in the car until the bus arrives. On my cycle to the station I exit a back road onto a main road in Witham next to a pickup point for the St John Payne bus. Two parents frequently park side by side blocking the minor road, and then the bus blocks the main road as it is not a formal bus stop and there are often cars parked opposite. keith_l
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2:43pm Tue 14 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

keith_l wrote:
These days even if taking the bus they get driven to the bus stop, and then wait in the car until the bus arrives.

On my cycle to the station I exit a back road onto a main road in Witham next to a pickup point for the St John Payne bus. Two parents frequently park side by side blocking the minor road, and then the bus blocks the main road as it is not a formal bus stop and there are often cars parked opposite.
Bet you never see a camera spy car there though do you?
[quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: These days even if taking the bus they get driven to the bus stop, and then wait in the car until the bus arrives. On my cycle to the station I exit a back road onto a main road in Witham next to a pickup point for the St John Payne bus. Two parents frequently park side by side blocking the minor road, and then the bus blocks the main road as it is not a formal bus stop and there are often cars parked opposite.[/p][/quote]Bet you never see a camera spy car there though do you? OMPITA [Intl]
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3:35pm Wed 15 Jan 14

keith_l says...

OMPITA wrote:
keith_l wrote:
These days even if taking the bus they get driven to the bus stop, and then wait in the car until the bus arrives.

On my cycle to the station I exit a back road onto a main road in Witham next to a pickup point for the St John Payne bus. Two parents frequently park side by side blocking the minor road, and then the bus blocks the main road as it is not a formal bus stop and there are often cars parked opposite.
Bet you never see a camera spy car there though do you?
Nope!

Do you think they can get up early enough to be there before 8?
[quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: These days even if taking the bus they get driven to the bus stop, and then wait in the car until the bus arrives. On my cycle to the station I exit a back road onto a main road in Witham next to a pickup point for the St John Payne bus. Two parents frequently park side by side blocking the minor road, and then the bus blocks the main road as it is not a formal bus stop and there are often cars parked opposite.[/p][/quote]Bet you never see a camera spy car there though do you?[/p][/quote]Nope! Do you think they can get up early enough to be there before 8? keith_l
  • Score: 3

9:22pm Wed 15 Jan 14

montygirl says...

It's because lots of parents over baby their kids these days.When i was at secondary school I had to walk a mile there and back in all weather's as their was no bus nearby and this was our catchment and nearest school.All without the aid of a mobile phone and no before you as I'm not over 50.Parent fear stops some of them letting their kids walk and some is just the kids having the upper hand.How u can worry when most of them carry state of the art phones and don't have to walk more than 15 mins to a local school in Witham is beyond me.There were bad people years ago,just look at Myra Hindley ,Ian Brady,The Krays amongst others yet kids all walked to school.What is our country coming to.No wonder so many kids are obese these days,they don't walk ,or play out.Such a shame:-(
It's because lots of parents over baby their kids these days.When i was at secondary school I had to walk a mile there and back in all weather's as their was no bus nearby and this was our catchment and nearest school.All without the aid of a mobile phone and no before you as I'm not over 50.Parent fear stops some of them letting their kids walk and some is just the kids having the upper hand.How u can worry when most of them carry state of the art phones and don't have to walk more than 15 mins to a local school in Witham is beyond me.There were bad people years ago,just look at Myra Hindley ,Ian Brady,The Krays amongst others yet kids all walked to school.What is our country coming to.No wonder so many kids are obese these days,they don't walk ,or play out.Such a shame:-( montygirl
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