Watch out! Car will see if you don’t park safely

Published on: 03 Aug 2013

PEOPLE who park outside schools in the Downend area now face being caught out by the area’s new ‘mobile traffic warden’.

Those who put others at risk by parking at bus stops, pedestrian crossings and taxi ranks are also being targeted by South Gloucestershire’s first parking enforcement car.

The vehicle patrols the district, using GPS technology and number plate recognition cameras to detect motorists who park illegally.

The information is stored on an on-board computer and double-checked by a parking officer. Offenders will receive penalty notices through the post. The council says dangerously parked vehicles can pose a serious safety hazard by overcrowding narrow roads and obstructing emergency vehicles.


Chairwoman of South Gloucestershire Council’s Communities Committee Cllr Claire Young said: “In South Gloucestershire we’re fortunate to have some of the safest roads in the country and we want to keep them that way.

“While most road users park safely, some do occasionally park dangerously in restricted areas and the message today is that if you continue to do this, you will receive a fine.

“We’re urging drivers to check the local parking restrictions and make sure that they park safely and away from restricted areas. Road users particularly need to be aware that driving away when the parking enforcement car approaches is not a defence, because their details will already have been recorded.”

The introduction of the car, which is clearly marked with the council’s livery, follows pilot testing and public consultation last autumn which revealed high levels of public support for the scheme.

Councillors formally approved the scheme in January.

Further information about the car is available to view on the council’s website at

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