Crackdown on dangerous parking outside schools
Published: Friday 2nd November 18
Parents who park dangerously outside schools are to be targeted in a council crackdown.
Watch out for enforcement officers outside schools
Enforcement officers will be patrolling schools at drop-off and pick-up time between now and Christmas, reminding people that they must keep off keep clear markings.
They will also hand out penalty tickets to drivers who double park or who park on junctions or across vehicle access points. The action is in response to complaints from schools, parents, neighbours and other residents about dangerous parking.
Parents on the school run are given a five minute grace period to park on yellow lines or parking bays whilst dropping off their children. Sometimes people think the grace period means they can park anywhere for five minutes but this is not the case – they can only park in a safe location, not at junctions, across dropped footways or on a cycle path. They must also not stay longer than five minutes.
No Idling rules will also be enforced
A different school will be visited each day, and teachers have been asked to remind parents of the rules beforehand.
All enforcement officers have also been trained to enforce no idling rules outside schools. Parents will be reminded not to leave engines running while they pick up or drop-off their children. Preventing motorists from leaving engines idling for no reason is one way the council is working to improve local air quality levels, especially outside schools.
The council’s transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “We understand the busy lives that parents have but the safety of schoolchildren must be paramount. We do give a grace period as long as parents are sensible, but anyone parking dangerously will get a ticket.”