Introduction of a parking enforcement car in Swansea is proving successful in tackling problem parking by changing motorists’ behaviour according to new statistics released by the council.
The council launched the car in 2015 in a bid to tackle parking issues outside schools and at bus stops. Now new figures show that the number of penalty charge notices issued by the car have almost halved in its second year of operation compared to the first year.
During 2015/16 8144 PCNs were issued by the vehicle while last year the total figure dropped to just 4903.
“The latest statistics show a decrease in how many tickets were issued in the second year – even though we have not reduced the number of patrols,” commented the council’s cabinet member for environment services Mark Thomas.
“This reduction suggests that motorists are taking heed of the enforcement measures and are doing the right thing by not parking illegally.”
He added: “Our aim is not to generate income from this service. It is to try and change motorists parking habits and we believe we are having some success.”
He explained that the vehicle was first introduced as a direct result of regular complaints to the council about bus stops being obstructed by illegally parked cars, especially on main bus routes leaving the city centre. “Children’s lives are also regularly being put at risk by inconsiderate parents who park on the zig-zags outside school gates,” he added.
Headteacher of Gwyrosydd Primary School Jonathan Atter has also welcomed the camera car’s success. “The enforcement van has been a positive addition to ensure the safety of children on their way home from school,” he commented. “I believe it’s making more people think about where they park and the message is clear that if you don’t you can expect a fine.”