Warning signs 'visible deterrent' for mobile CCTV
Posted by Ben Alexander.
High visibility warning signs will alert motorists to the presence of a new CCTV enforcement vehicle due to be rolled out in Bedford.
The vehicle is to be used primarily to combat unlawful parking in the town, AboutMyArea reports.
Bedford Borough Council's Parking Services will start using the vehicle from December 1st.
It works by capturing the registration numbers of unlawfully parked vehicles, processing the data and issuing penalty notices.
Targeting motorists who ignore parking laws near schools, pedestrian crossings and dropped kerbs, loading bays and bus stops, it will be fitted with warning signs to alert them that "camera enforcement is in operation", the news provider said.
"We are introducing this technology in response to local parents, teachers, police and road safety experts asking us to do more to combat unlawful parking, especially outside schools where a number of children were injured earlier this year," councillor Charles Royden, portfolio holder for transport, was quoted by the news provider as saying.
Recently, warning signs were used in Swadlincote, in Derbyshire, to alert people to the presence of CCTV.
The BBC said the measure could in part be credited with helping to reduce crime - from April to September this year instances of shoplifting in the town fell by 46 per cent.
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