PCC Alan Charles turned out to put words into action with a special Parking Patrol outside Loscoe Primary School in Heanor.
Since his election, the Commissioner has received numerous calls for ‘something to be done’ about irresponsible parking outside schools and parking on pavements posing a problem for assistance dogs, wheelchair users and people with disabilities.
As a result, he has launched a campaign with Derbyshire Constabulary to tackle the problem, which includes advising motorists of their transgressions and putting leaflets on their vehicles advising those obstructing either the highway, or pavement that action will be taken.
Commissioner Charles said: “This is a recurrent theme in my mailbox so I feel it’s important that we do something proactive to tackle the problem.
“I appreciate that finding space to park the car is not always easy, but that is not an excuse to break the law. The motorists that I spoke to at Loscoe understood what I was saying, so hopefully the message has gone home.”
“However, if people continue to park where they feel like it, the Police 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.”
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.
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Posted on Thursday 26th June 2014