OVER 100 fines have been issued to inconsiderate parkers by a new van which automatically captures number plates.

Barnsley Council received £43,000 for the automatic number plate recognition van to record drivers who park illegally in the borough.

The van takes a photograph of the parking offence and a £70 fine is issued – a 50 per cent discount if it is paid within 21 days. The van patrols all over the borough – but focusses on streets surrounding schools during term time.

More than 100 fines have been issued since it came to Barnsley - mainly for cars parking on pedestrian crossings, on yellow zig zag lines outside schools and on primary roads where parking restrictions are in place.

Coun Roy Miller said: "We are pleased to see parents are taking it on board when it comes to parking on the yellow lines."