Camera car nabs 438 drivers

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MORE than 400 fixed penalty notices have been issued by council chiefs just weeks into a crackdown on inconsiderate drivers doing the school run.

Hartlepool Borough Council launched a camera car last month aimed at snaring drivers who park their cars illegally while dropping youngsters off at school.

The £40,000 hi-tech vehicle, which is fitted with a camera and computer equipment to spot cars parked on yellow or zig-zag lines, automatically takes photographs of offenders and then a £60 fine is posted out to the driver.

While council chiefs have stressed the initiative is set up to improve road safety rather than raking in cash, a total of 438 tickets issued by the end of last week could potentially net the local authority £26,280 if all of the fixed penalty notices go through without appeal.

Taking the recent school break out of consideration, more than 30 drivers have been snapped a day.

But officers have already noticed a considerable drop in illegal parking when they look at week-to-week figures since launching the vehicle.

They will continue to use the camera car at peak times near schools before extending the coverage town-wide to target other rogue drivers across Hartlepool.