CCTV cameras will be used in a bid to curb “antisocial parking” by rule-breaking motorists.

There are plans to install “red routes” along parts of London Road and Lewes Road in Brighton, two of the main arteries into the city.

Double red lines will replace double yellows on parts of the route and motorists who park on them will be fined using CCTV cameras and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to scan number plates.

Brighton and Hove City Council said the crackdown, which is planned for spring next year, will give it greater enforcement powers against “antisocial parking”.

The Argus: A car parked in a loading bay in London Road, BrightonA car parked in a loading bay in London Road, Brighton (Image: BHCC)

Councillor Trevor Muten, chairman of the transport and sustainability committee, said: “Red routes are a practical solution that can help to prevent the antisocial parking that puts safety at risk and creates congestion.

“These changes will give us greater powers to enforce the restrictions that are already there but we want to hear what residents and businesses along both routes have to say.

“We’ll be sure to take the views of everyone who comments on board so I’d urge as many people as possible to respond over the next eight weeks.” 

Two new cameras will be installed along Preston Road adjacent to Preston Park.

The red routes will be in place on the A23 London Road and Preston Road, between Cheapside and South Road.

On Lewes Road, the red route will be between Elm Grove and the southern end of the Vogue Gyratory.

The Argus: A car parked on the pavement in Lewes Road, BrightonA car parked on the pavement in Lewes Road, Brighton (Image: BHCC)

Bus stops, loading bays and entrances to properties or adjoining streets will not be affected.

Traffic wardens will be enforcing the red routes on foot. CCTV and ANPR cameras will also be used.

When someone parks on double yellow lines at the moment, a traffic warden has to be on site to issue them with a fine.

Timing restrictions of loading and disabled parking bays will remain as they are now and will be shown on signage.

The council said the scheme aims to improve safety of pedestrians and cyclists will no longer need to manoeuvre around vehicles parked in cycle lanes or on double lines. It will also improve safety for people using buses, with vehicles no longer parking in bus stops meaning it will be safer for people to get on and off.

The council said drivers will no longer have to pull out to pass badly parked cars and it will improve journey times and help reduce air pollution by keeping traffic moving.

How much would a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) be?

The charge for receiving a PCN for stopping on a red route would be £70. However this is reduced to £35 if paid in 14 days. This is the same as the current PCN charge for stopping on double yellow lines.

The Argus: CCTV and ANPR cameras will be used to enforce the red routeCCTV and ANPR cameras will be used to enforce the red route

Who is exempt from the red route?

Blue badge holders will be allowed to stop on the red route for a short time to pick up and drop off disabled passengers but only in the designated parking bays or disabled parking bays.

Licensed Hackney carriages and private hire vehicles are allowed to stop for a short time to drop off and pick up customers.

Emergency service vehicles are exempt from restrictions and can stop anywhere along the route. Refuse and recycling vehicles will also be unaffected.

People moving house or having work done to their property which would require a large delivery can request a parking bay suspension via the council website.