Cameras target parents parking illegally on school run

Some councils are using CCTV-style cameras to catch parents who park illegally when dropping off or picking up their children from school, the Sunday Times reports.

The £16,000 surveillance system switches on during the school run and zooms in on the numberplates of parents stopping on prohibited stretches of road.

Footage of the registration number and the parking sign are then send to councils so penalty notices can be used.

Five councils in London and at least two others outside the capital are testing the system, according to the manufacturer Videalert, but they declined to name those involved.