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Stepping up parking enforcement outside schools

Date: 21/02/2008           Category: Highways Traffic and Parking

There’s no excuse for motorists who flout parking restrictions during the school run as council and police community officers step up patrols across Medway. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Enforcement Cllr Rehman Chishti joined the council’s Parking Attendants on their patrols this week to find out what is being done to discourage motorists from parking dangerously and illegally outside school. The officers regularly patrol the roads near Medway’s schools and are keen to avoid any accidents caused by parents who park illegally outside the school while waiting to collect their children. Anyone caught parked illegally will be asked to move their vehicle and reminded of the dangers and hazards they have created by parking outside the school. They can also issue Fixed Penalty Notices to motorists caught breaking the law. Cllr Chishti said: “We are reminding motorists who drop their children off at school to use their common sense and not park illegally outside school. ‘This is not only illegal, but also dangerous as it creates hazards by children and parents to walk between parked cars. It is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured while crossing the road, which is why we are asking parents who have to collect their children by car to avoid parking outside the school gates and in restricted parking areas. “We would rather people left their cars at home and collect their children on foot or use a Walking Bus scheme. This will not only reduce the risk of accidents, but also make the roads less congested and help the environment by taking cars off the road.” Visit www.kentwalkingbus.org to find out more about the Kent and Medway Walking Bus scheme