School Rules

Unfortunately in my job, I regularly see dangerous parking situations outside schools and I, along with the NEPP, take our role of enforcing illegal and unsafe parking around schools very seriously. Many drivers ignore these parking restrictions (often because they are in a rush) and cause problems by stopping their vehicles close to school entrances and exits whilst children get in/out of their car. Whilst it may be quicker for the driver, stopping or parking like this blocks adults and children’s view of the road and oncoming traffic, making the road extremely dangerous and increasing the risk of an accident.

Parking restrictions outside schools include ‘Keep Clear’ and yellow zig-zag markings which are sometimes extended with a single yellow line. These markings have no stopping signs next to them informing motorists of the restriction and the times it applies (the times are normally school start and end times e.g. 8.30am – 9.30 am and 2.30pm – 4pm). Cars seen parked on a yellow zig-zag during the restricted times shown on the sign will instantly be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (under Contravention Code 48). If only a single yellow line is present, a 5 minute grace period is normally given to motorists before a Penalty Charge Notice is issued, except where safety concerns outweigh this.

Car parked on school markings during restricted hours

Car parked illegally on school markings during restricted hours to drop children off at school.

No stopping sign with restricted hours outside a school

No stopping sign with restricted hours outside a school

I do understand that people are often in a rush and want to drop off and collect their children as quickly as possible, but parking on these marking is unsafe and negligent (as well as illegal). Alternative parking is usually available only a few minutes away and helps keep the roads safe and free from congestion at what is, for most people, one of the most stressful times of day.

2 thoughts on “School Rules

  1. The no stopping sign outside our school is out of date. The school has changed its closing time, but the sign hasn’t yet been updated to reflect this. I’ve reported this at least twice, but still nothing has happened. Please could you tell me how to get this changed?
    It’s St. John’s Green, town site.


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