Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles is to join local PCSOs outside the school gates in Loscoe as part of an awareness exercise to promote safer parking.
Commissioner Charles and PCSOs from the local policing team will be at Loscoe Primary School in Heanor on Friday (June 20) in response to concerns raised from schools and disability groups about parents parking dangerously when collecting their children from school.
Civil enforcement officers have the power to issue motorists with a fixed penalty notice for blocking school entrances which should be kept clear at all times. The Police can also remove unattended vehicles if they cause an obstruction including blocking a driveway or pedestrian path – even if it is for a short amount of time.
During the awareness event, Commissioner Charles will hand out leaflets to motorists advising them of the dangers to pedestrians of parking illegally outside school premises and warning them that officers will utilise enforcement powers if needed.
People will be reminded not to double-park when picking up or dropping off their children at school, to always keep entrance routes clear and to consider parking further away from school to ensure the safety of pedestrians, particularly young children emerging from the school gates. Parents will also be advised to consider local residents and the impact of illegal parking on their ability to move in and out of their premises and those using wheelchairs and push chairs who need to be able to safely pass along the pavement.
Commissioner Charles said: “We understand how difficult it is to finding a parking space when so many people are arriving at school at the same time but there are simple ways of guaranteeing a space everyday – leaving earlier and parking further away.
“I receive many calls and letters of concern from residents and those with disabilities whose safety is being compromised by inconsiderate parking at the end of the school day. While we would like to resolve this matter sensibly with the support of parents, we will have no alternative but to take enforcement action towards those who consistently ignore our appeals. I hope it doesn’t come to this and that motorists plan ahead to avoid last-minute parking decisions which will hit them in the pocket.”
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Posted on Monday 16th June 2014