Spy car PIPPA to continue in Thurrock

Thurrock Gazette: Spy car PIPPA to continue in Thurrock Spy car PIPPA to continue in Thurrock

PIPPA the spy car is all set to continue patrolling the streets of Thurrock.

PIPPA, which stands for Park It Properly Prevent Accidents, will be on the road in the borough for the next six months, after its trial period was extended by cabinet members on Wednesday evening.

Councillor Angie Gaywood, public protection portfolio holder, said she thought it was right to ‘put the safety of our school children, pedestrians and other road users before profit.’ She said: “Before the start of the initial trial I made it clear that one of the main purposes of the CCTV car was to tackle the blight of dangerous and inconsiderate parking in Thurrock outside our schools.”

“It was never our intention that PIPPA would create a large revenue surplus and as you can see from the report on purchasing and leasing options there will likely be a shortfall in running costs for either option.

The car travels between the boroughs schools and at other times supports public transport by keeping bus stops clear, checking taxi ranks and tackling congestion by keeping traffic flowing.

Mrs Gaywood added: “PIPPA keeps our roads safe from dangerous parking outside schools, on the school keep clear areas, on dropped kerbs and on pedestrian crossings allowing pedestrians and school children to cross the road safely.”

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6:09pm Thu 12 Dec 13

BigTed85 says...

I agree about the parking around the schools part, which is a real problem! How about donating any money from parking fines around the schools and donate it to local children's charities.
I agree about the parking around the schools part, which is a real problem! How about donating any money from parking fines around the schools and donate it to local children's charities. BigTed85

6:43pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Mr Perfect says...

I do not see a problem, if you want to park near the shop use the footpath, or the bus stop (newly painted with a new sign), or even double park and block the road. You won't get caught as Hathaway Road is not on the list.
But lets not mention Mobil Phones and seat belts & litter.
I do not see a problem, if you want to park near the shop use the footpath, or the bus stop (newly painted with a new sign), or even double park and block the road. You won't get caught as Hathaway Road is not on the list. But lets not mention Mobil Phones and seat belts & litter. Mr Perfect

12:58pm Fri 13 Dec 13

I-say-you-say says...

The truth is, the only people who will complain about this are those that park incorrectly and have or are likey to be caught.

Simply, don't do the crime if you can't pay the fine!
The truth is, the only people who will complain about this are those that park incorrectly and have or are likey to be caught. Simply, don't do the crime if you can't pay the fine! I-say-you-say

7:14am Sun 15 Dec 13

Dave_ says...

As a council tax payer I am not happy that it will lose money, to essentially placate a few dozen people (of which I am one) who live near mainly primary schools and have parents park outside their homes.

Why, especially around schools at start/finish times can't parking times be changed, with say 15/20 minute maximum stay. Then put people on the ground to pick up on inconsiderate as opposed to illegal parking. Things like this camera car aren't able to pick up on inconsiderate parking which is the biggest problem near to schools. The cost of this car could pay for a team of part-time "traffic wardens", specifically employed to work outside schools. We have lollipop men and women, so why not have similar to oversee parking, if the problem is that great that we have to throw away good money.
As a council tax payer I am not happy that it will lose money, to essentially placate a few dozen people (of which I am one) who live near mainly primary schools and have parents park outside their homes. Why, especially around schools at start/finish times can't parking times be changed, with say 15/20 minute maximum stay. Then put people on the ground to pick up on inconsiderate as opposed to illegal parking. Things like this camera car aren't able to pick up on inconsiderate parking which is the biggest problem near to schools. The cost of this car could pay for a team of part-time "traffic wardens", specifically employed to work outside schools. We have lollipop men and women, so why not have similar to oversee parking, if the problem is that great that we have to throw away good money. Dave_

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