Parents getting crafty in bid to avoid CCTV car

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PARENTS parking illegally outside a school in Grays are sticking tape over their car’s number plates to avoid being caught by Thurrock Council’s CCTV car.

At the end of March, the council released the vehicle on to the borough’s streets in a bid to tackle dodgy parking outside schools and improve safety.

During its first month, the little car equipped with cameras - named PIPPA by primary school students - has led to 30 penalty charges being served for illegal parking.

But speaking during a meeting of the council on Wednesday night, Cllr Angie Gaywood, the authority’s lead on public protection, said some parents are getting “canny” as they try to avoid being caught outside Woodside Primary School in Grays.

Speaking after the meeting, she said: “It is alleged that one or two parents parking outside Woodside have resorted to placing tape of some description over their number plates.

“I have reported this to the police to make some enquiries as obviously this is an offence if found to be true.”

Essex Police confirmed they had been made aware of the issue. A spokesman said: “We’ve been made aware of this problem and are investigating.

“Not displaying a valid number plate is an offence. If anyone has any information on these incidents, please let officers at Grays police station know.”

The CCTV car is being piloted in the borough for six months. It is hoped if the trial period is successful, the use of the car can be expanded.

Cllr Gaywood added: “I am pleased with how the pilot of the CCTV car is going. It made a slow start as there were problems with new software, so contraventions had to be manually mapped, hence it being spotted everywhere to start with.

“But it’s just a trial so we are looking at ensuring it makes a difference to how people park, especially outside our schools.”

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5:03pm Fri 21 Jun 13

Dave_ says...

30 tickets in a month across the whole of Thurrock, hardly crime of the century stuff is it and hardly worth the expense of this car, driver and fuel.
Yet another very large hammer to crack a very small nut.
I feel increasingly sorry for modern parents as education just seems to penalise them at every single turn, enforced by outdated and ill considered legislation.
30 tickets in a month across the whole of Thurrock, hardly crime of the century stuff is it and hardly worth the expense of this car, driver and fuel. Yet another very large hammer to crack a very small nut. I feel increasingly sorry for modern parents as education just seems to penalise them at every single turn, enforced by outdated and ill considered legislation. Dave_
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5:56pm Fri 21 Jun 13

Thurrockbob says...

If the parents walked there little darlings to school they wouldn't have to worry would they!
If the parents walked there little darlings to school they wouldn't have to worry would they! Thurrockbob
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7:42pm Fri 21 Jun 13

DannyButcher says...

Excellent. To avoid being fined for parking illegally, these selfish parents are resorting to something that could land them in even more trouble.

All we see lately is people moaning about following rules, or going out of their way to avoid them. Send the police down there and have done with it!
Excellent. To avoid being fined for parking illegally, these selfish parents are resorting to something that could land them in even more trouble. All we see lately is people moaning about following rules, or going out of their way to avoid them. Send the police down there and have done with it! DannyButcher
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7:05am Sat 22 Jun 13

Dave_ says...

Thurrockbob wrote:
If the parents walked there little darlings to school they wouldn't have to worry would they!
I agree, if you live within a mile or so of the school and don't work or get home from work in time to walk. But in this modern era more mums work hours not conducive to this, so that they invariably go straight from work in their cars.
There is also the inescapable truth that parental choice of school increases the number driving to the school of their choosing.
It's about time schools and local govt got their heads around this, rather than just seeking ways to exact punitive penalties on parents.
If parents live within a mile of their children's school and they are healthy and drive to pick them up, they deserve all they get and more, as they are instilling a mindset of bone-idleness in their children.
[quote][p][bold]Thurrockbob[/bold] wrote: If the parents walked there little darlings to school they wouldn't have to worry would they![/p][/quote]I agree, if you live within a mile or so of the school and don't work or get home from work in time to walk. But in this modern era more mums work hours not conducive to this, so that they invariably go straight from work in their cars. There is also the inescapable truth that parental choice of school increases the number driving to the school of their choosing. It's about time schools and local govt got their heads around this, rather than just seeking ways to exact punitive penalties on parents. If parents live within a mile of their children's school and they are healthy and drive to pick them up, they deserve all they get and more, as they are instilling a mindset of bone-idleness in their children. Dave_
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11:19am Sat 22 Jun 13

mikgrays says...

Dave_ wrote:
30 tickets in a month across the whole of Thurrock, hardly crime of the century stuff is it and hardly worth the expense of this car, driver and fuel.
Yet another very large hammer to crack a very small nut.
I feel increasingly sorry for modern parents as education just seems to penalise them at every single turn, enforced by outdated and ill considered legislation.
Something needed to be done,we have constantly asked parents not to block our driveways,it is usually responded to by a torrent of foul mouthed abuse.
[quote][p][bold]Dave_[/bold] wrote: 30 tickets in a month across the whole of Thurrock, hardly crime of the century stuff is it and hardly worth the expense of this car, driver and fuel. Yet another very large hammer to crack a very small nut. I feel increasingly sorry for modern parents as education just seems to penalise them at every single turn, enforced by outdated and ill considered legislation.[/p][/quote]Something needed to be done,we have constantly asked parents not to block our driveways,it is usually responded to by a torrent of foul mouthed abuse. mikgrays
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