'Spy car' catches parents parked illegally outside Stoke-on-Trent schools
MORE than 70 parents have been warned after being caught parking illegally outside their child's school by a 'spy car'.
A total of 35 schools have been targeted by Stoke-on-Trent City Council's parking enforcement team as part of a crackdown on dangerous parking.
Using a mobile enforcement car the authority has made 78 visits to primary and secondary schools in the last 12 months in a bid to enforce parking regulations.
As a result, 11 penalties were issued alongside:
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Nine warnings given to parents at Park Hall Primary School, in Weston Coyney;
Seven warnings at The Willows Primary, in Penkhull;
Five warnings at Ash Green Primary School, in Trentham.
Rachel Morris's nine-year-old daughter Lauren attends The Willows Primary School, in Penkhull.
The 36-year-old, of Stoke, said: "There are people who park on the zigzags outside the school and near to the crossing and sometimes they block the exits. There are even some people who park in neighbouring streets, which are for permit holders only.
"We have seen wardens come down and fine people before but they just take the chance."
Sixty-three-year-old childminder Sue Gotham, of Normacot, looks after four children from Alexandra Infants School, in Normacot, which has seen two warnings handed out.
She said: "People block the exits to the school. I have seen children dodging out of the way of the cars when they try to cross the road and it is dangerous.
"In the past the police have been out to move people along but they don't take any notice."
The council's 'spy car' has been visiting schools intermittently since October 2011.
The most successful visits were in November last year, when 16 warnings were issued, and last June when 14 visits were carried out.
Wendy Booth, aged 63, from Meir, is a lollipop lady at Newstead Primary School, which saw just one parent warned.
She said: "If I wasn't there to stop people from parking outside the school gates then they would do it. When I was off sick, people told me it was chaos, people just parked anywhere."
Stoke-on-Trent City Council introduced the spy car in October, 2010 to monitor 'keep clear' areas outside schools and illegal parking on double yellow lines.
The Toyota IQ is equipped with four CCTV cameras as well as specialist recording equipment.
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transportation, said: "The car has been a useful tool in deterring motorists from dangerously parking around schools to protect children.
"The enforcement team receives continuing requests for enforcement as parents and guardians ignore clear road markings and continue to park on the restrictions in place to secure road safety outside their own children's school."