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Cameras to police parking rules

Cyclists on Bournemouth seafront
Last week the council started using cameras to catch speeding cyclists

Drivers who park illegally in Bournemouth are set to face £70 fines if snapped by cameras in a special council vehicle.

Patrols will monitor cars parked outside schools, at pedestrian crossings and at bus stops.

A grace period started on Tuesday with offenders sent warnings. Fines are due to be issued by post from 17 June.

The move comes after the council introduced cameras to catch speeding cyclists along Bournemouth seafront.

'Not taxing motorists'

Riders caught travelling above the 10mph speed limit will be given safety advice during operations in June.

The council has denied that either initiative is a way of taxing road users and believes the bad parking fines will make unsafe parking a "thing of the past".

Councillor Robert Lawton, the council's member for environment, said: "Bournemouth is committed to making every effort to improve safety, especially for children outside schools and to ensure that bus stops are kept clear of stopped vehicles to ensure buses can reach the stop.

"Some may see this measure as a means of taxing the motorist, but this could not be further from the truth.

"We will be delighted if we issue no penalties at all as it will mean drivers are parking responsibly."



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