A crackdown on bad parking has been hailed a success after dozens of misbehaving drivers were given a ticking off.

The Brighton and Hove City Council crackdown has been hailed as “very valuable” in getting the message across even though not one penalty notice was issued.

Council officers will switch their attention to five problem school run areas in October while longer-term solutions to the areas targeted in the first wave of the project are investigated.

The campaign at the end of June focused on Portland Road in Hove between Grange Road and Westbourne Street, Nevill Road in Hove at the junction with Woodland Drive, Kingsway in Hove by the King Alfred Leisure Centre and Ladies Mile Road in Brighton.

A council spokeswoman said officers did not have to give out penalty notices as drivers complied when they were spoken to.

She said: “Either the vehicle moved off when they saw the officers or moved after we had spoken to the driver advising that the parking was not lawful.”

Ladies Mile Road was deemed the busiest of the four problem areas, particularly at school opening and closing times.

Dean Gilbert from Fox and Sons estate agents in Ladies Mile Road said: “I have noticed over the past year an increase in parking wardens and quite a few people including business owners have got tickets in the area.

“But we still have parking problems during the school run.

“Most of the parents probably live close by and are probably within walking distance so that would help the situation if they left the car at home.”

In Portland Road, Sussex Police spoke to six drivers about driving on the pavement while one was cautioned about unloading close to a zebra crossing.

The council will continue twice daily enforcement in the road and provide loading bays where requested by traders to ease loading issues.

Nick Smith, owner of Syd’s Bikes 2 in Portland Road, said: “Any business needs to get their deliveries or stock taken away and there seems less and less space to do unloading and loading while traffic and footfall increase.”

At the King Alfred, where three car drivers were warned about attempting to mount the pavement, the council is looking to convert the taxi rank into permit parking.

Councillor Ian Davey, lead councillor for transport, said: “Not only did officers get the message across that parking on pavements is unacceptable, but it gave us the opportunity to talk to residents about specific issues and take forward improvements.”