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11th Aug, 2022

Danger cars face blitz at school gates with launch of MEV

Rob George 9th Jul, 2022

A NEW way to tackle speeding and ‘persistent, selfish and dangerous parking’ around Pitmaston Primary School has been revealed by county highways chiefs.

The introduction of a mobile enforcement vehicle (MEV) is expected to begin this week to address not just speeding but dangerous parking which has blighted the streets around the school for a number of years.

It will record and capture evidence of illegal or unsafe parking and provide images to enable fines to be issued.

The new vehicle comes nearly 18 months after the most recent bid to tackle speeding and selfish and dangerous parking around Pitmaston Primary School was revealed with the introduction of five new VAS signs.

Signs were put up on Malvern Road, Swinton Lane, Hanbury Park Road and Bransford Road in February last year.

Coun Alan Amos, who has been pushing for such a project for more than a year, hailed the introduction of the scheme.

“It is a bold, original and exciting way to deal with the growing problem in this specific area. We need to act before anybody gets injured, it’s too late afterwards,” he said.

“It may mean people dropping off and picking up children will have to walk a few yards but that is good and the children need the exercise, as we all do.

“Selfish parking has now caused serious safety issues as far away as Hanbury Park Road, and beyond.

“It was clear we needed new thinking and bold action, hence the introduction of this mobile van which will clock offenders who will then automatically receive the parking fines a week or so later,” Coun Amos added.

Anyone who parks legally and safely will not be penalised but Coun Amos has warned those who continue to endanger the lives and safety of the children and other pedestrians, will be caught.

“The MEV will operate for school keep clear enforcement during term time and will also be utilised for residents parking scheme enforcement at other times,” he said.

“Worcestershire County Council will fund the MEV for a trial period of six months, and the city will assess the financial viability in relation to the potential for an on-going zero net cost service in future.

“There is a lot of interest in this project across the county so I hope it works and can be rolled out across Worcestershire,” Coun Amos added.

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