PARENTS who park illegally outside schools could soon be handed a ticket as the council’s plans to clamp down on parking offenders comes into force next week.

Swindon Borough Council will start using a new camera car from Monday which will provide enforcement in “no stopping” zones outside schools following numerous complaints in areas where the parking restrictions are in place.

The camera car will collect evidence of vehicles parking in restricted areas as it drives past, which will then be reviewed and a penalty charge notice will be issued if a contravention is proved.

In order to provide a better service to residents living in residents’ parking zones the car will also allow the council’s parking team to monitor more streets in the same period of time.

It is hoped that the use of the car will ease frustrations among residents when drivers without a valid parking permit park in their spaces and there is no one to attend.

As it drives through residents’ zones the car will identify those which do not have a valid permit .

An officer will then carry out a physical check before any penalty charge notices are issued, as the driver may have a valid visitor scratch card or blue badge.

The camera car, which is fitted with automatic number plate recognition technology, is on trial until May 2018.

The council say the initiative is not driven by income but aims o change the behaviour of drivers around school locations and resident zones.

Any income generated will be contribute to the purchase of the vehicle and IT equipment if this is taken up after the trial.

Coun Oliver Donachie, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Economy and Skills, said: “We hope that this camera car will change attitudes among drivers particularly around schools and in resident parking zones, while also easing frustrations among some residents.

“This initiative also supports the council’s vision toward a digital way of working as we’ll be making better use of technology in order to work effectively and improve services for our residents as a result.”