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School Parking "should bring fine"

Friday, 14 February 2014

This article (copied as written, Last updated: 13 February 2014, 07:47 GMT)has been taken from the BT website.

"Some 86 per cent of drivers say they agree with trials by councils to catch school run drivers who park on zig-zag lines at pedestrian crossings.

Drivers who park illegally when dropping off or collecting their children from school should be fined, according to the results of a new survey.

A large number of drivers (86 per cent) say they agree with trials by councils to catch school run drivers who park on zig-zag lines at pedestrian crossings, even if they stop for only a few seconds.

Several local councils, including Enfield in north London and York boroughs, are now using CCTV cameras to capture illegal parking near schools.

The footage is then used to send a fine to the offending driver. This can be as much as 130, reduced to half that amount if the fine is paid within two weeks of being issued.

A survey by Motorpoint found the majority of drivers in the UK think parking illegally outside of schools is unacceptable and dangerous.

Mark Carpenter, who commissioned the survey, said: "Parking outside of schools, particularly during the school run, is a thorny issue for many people and they are understandably worried about the safety of their children.

"As well as looking at CCTV as a deterrent, we should also be looking at safe drop-off zones away from the school gates rather than just penalising parents." "