Parking fines will be issued by post for some drivers who park illegally outside of schools, under a new system for areas across East Sussex .

The scheme has been introduced by East Sussex County Council.

The system covers the boroughs of Hastings, Eastbourne and the Lewes District, where the authority is responsible for parking enforcement.

The fines are aimed at those who park on zig-zag lines or keep clear markings outside of schools, but drive off before a physical ticket can be issued.

The County Council said the change will allow officers to work more efficiently.

The local authority hope the postal fines provide more of a deterrent to stop people from parking in areas with these restrictions.

Karl Taylor, county council assistant director for operations, said:

“We know from the feedback we get from the public that parking outside schools is a big issue.

“The roads outside many schools are very busy at the start and end of the school day, meaning some parents may be tempted to stop in places where they wouldn’t usually park.

“The ‘keep clear’ markings are there for a reason – to ensure the safety of children and other pedestrians – and parking in these areas is anti-social and dangerous.

“The switch to posting out penalty charge notices will allow our CEOs to cover more ground and help to keep our roads and our young people safe.”

The council will issue £70 fines, reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days.

The changes were agreed at the council’s transport and environment lead member meeting in March.