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.
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.