Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles is reminding parents to park safely as the new school term gets underway.
The Commissioner launched an awareness campaign earlier this year in response to concerns raised by Derbyshire 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 for illegal parking and Commissioner Charles has warned that such measures will be used for those parents who consistently flout the rules. In addition to fines, police can also physically remove unattended vehicles if they block school gates, driveways or pedestrian paths – even for a few minutes.
Commissioner Charles said: “The nights will soon be drawing in which increases the risks for pedestrians and motorists. The start of a new term is an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and leave home a little earlier to guarantee a safe and secure parking space that doesn’t pose any dangers to pupils or other road users.
“Our priority is to protect children coming in and out of school and other pedestrians. In situations where parents refuse to abide by the law the police and our local authority partners will resort to enforcement, which will make the journey to and from school considerably more expensive.”
Parents are advised to not stop or park:
- near a school entrance
- anywhere you would prevent access for Emergency Services
- at or near a bus or taxi rank
- on the approach to a level crossing/tramway crossing
- opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space
- near the brow of a hill or hump bridge
- opposite a traffic island or (if this would cause an obstruction) another parked vehicle
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Posted on Monday 15th September 2014