EXCLUSIVE: York's Parking Camera Car Could Be Ditched
6:02am 11th November 2014
York's controversial parking camera car could be ditched, Minster FM can exclusively reveal.
It was introduced in February in an attempt to tackle bad and dangerous parking outside schools, but it emerged in April that it was being used to catch illegal parking across York outside of school hours.
More than five hundred drivers were fined in the first two months of operation.
Businesses have raised concerns that the camera car was putting off customers and harming trade. In a response to a question from a businessman in Osbaldwick at a public meeting last night, York Council cabinet member Janet Looker said she questioned whether the camera car was "worth it".
Christine Hall, a lollipop lady at Osbaldwick School, told the same meeting that while the car had a good deterrence effect, it was not patrolling the school during the school run. She told Minster FM:
"They come round either too early or too late. We have cars that park on the footpaths and on the corners, which make it into a single track. It's very dangerous. They're just coming at the wrong time completely."
"I think the camera car has worked to a certain extent, because when we had traffic wardens before their uniform alone made the cars move. When one or two get tickets, we then dont see these people for three or four weeks until they think they're safe and the car won't come round again."
"The deterrent is very good but they did make the mistake that we do have a layby here as well, which cars can park in which is fine."
In response to the points raised, York Council cabinet member Janet Looker said she would hold a review to see if the camera car was "worth it". She told Minster FM:
"I do need to revisit how well it's working. I appreciate some of the points that were raised this evening about it's use out of school hours and I know there were concerns raised in a number of areas about the way it was doing it. So I have committed to going back and checking up to see if it is achieving it's purpose."
"We've also had a complaint that it was not turning up at the right time at a school, where they would love to see it. So I've got to do a bit of research."
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