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Help requested posted on 4th October 2018:

Safety outside primary schools

I would be grateful if other authorities could share if they have done anything specifically aimed at illegal parking/dangerous driving around schools. In particular if you have created a campaign which has helped reduce bad driver behaviour outside schools in your area. Many thanks

Martina Byrne-Obee

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Response posted on 7th October 2018 by:
Julie Jones

E: julie.jones@oxfordshire.gov.uk
T: 07769 915856

Safety outside primary schools

Hi Martina,

If you give me your contact details I can reply directly and provide info on campaign/scheme we previously ran in Oxfordshire.

The Parking Programme, run by STARS (School Travel and Road Safety) teams - AKA Junior Road Safety Officers - had some limited success but only where ongoing effort was maintained. As with changing other 'bad' behaviour, it's not done without a good deal of effort.

Though the poor parking outside schools is selfish and has the potential to be dangerous, our examination of the road casualty statistics confirmed, fortunately, this does not translate into injuries. That being the case, with staff reductions, we discontinued our practical support for the parking programme - in order to focus on higher road casaulty priorities.

I'd be happy to share the documents and ideas used on the former scheme with others.

Best wishes,
Julie


Response posted on 7th October 2018 by:
Rebecca

E: rebeccab860@gmail.com
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Safety outside primary schools

Southtyneside run the smarter parking campaign you could try contacting them to see how successful it has been.

Also I've been researching the use of public space protection orders, havering council have these in place and have a lot of information on their website. They seem like a useful tool to use to combat this type of behaviour around parking outside of the schools they have been implicated at.


Response posted on 8th October 2018 by:
Jennifer Coombs

E: jennifer.coombs@birmingham.gov.uk
T: 0121 303 7674

Safety outside primary schools

Hi Martina,

In partnership with the Police and Fire Service we have developed a parking campaign here in Birmingham. As part of this, schools are loaned a box of resources aimed at deterring parents from parking outside of the school gates. Following on from this, the school receives a visit/visits from our parking liaison officers from NSL. NSL also have an assembly that they deliver to the school. Through our Modeshift Stars Tracker, we keep a record of the number of tickets given. If after a number of visits there are still a lot of tickets being issued we ask our Police officers to visit the school.
Please let me know if you would like further information/photographs of our parking box.
Kind Regards,

Jenny


Response posted on 8th October 2018 by:
Mark Symonds

E: mark.symonds@edinburgh.gov.uk
T: 01314693817

Safety outside primary schools

We run Parksmart, a 4 week campaign which can be led by Junior Road Safety Officers.
This involves getting a baseline of yellow line and inconsiderate parkers (i.e. blocking driveways and accesses) and then holding a competition for a behaviour-changing slogan for banners or car stickers which gets the issues discussed around school and at home.
Happy to send templates!


Response posted on 8th October 2018 by:
James Sutton

E: james.sutton@medway.gov.uk
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Safety outside primary schools

Here in Medway our Safer Journeys Team run the Zigzag banner campaign by offering schools a series of message banners to be displayed outside the school gates to discourage irresponsible parking.

We liaise closely with the Parking Team in order for their enforcement visits to coincide with the participating schools to help reinforce the keep clear message.

Feel free to contact me for further details.

All the best,
James


Response posted on 11th October 2018 by:
david dansky

E: daviddansky@protonmail.com
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Safety outside primary schools

Have you considered School Streets?
Closing streets outside schools to eliminate danger completely during school start and end.
https://www.hackney.gov.uk/school-streets
https://www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/content/transport-and-streets/traffic-management/road-safety-in-camden/road-safety-for-children/healthy-school-streets/


Response posted on 12th October 2018 by:
mottershaw stuart

E: stuart.mottershaw7309@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk
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Safety outside primary schools

Leicestershire County Council have employed the use of a 'Camera Car' to detect illegal/dangerous parking outside schools. The car records video as it drives through the restricted zones and downloads the images of offending vehicles to a server at County Hall where a decision is made to prosecute or not.
All schools have been made aware that the car is in operation and it has been well publicised on social media.
This is a very new concept and I'm not sure whether it has been successful or not, but it gets very tiresome constantly asking people not to park, only for them to ignore you. Maybe this approach will work?


Response posted on 18th October 2018 by:
Joanna Simpson

E: joanna.simpson@surreycc.gov.uk
T: 0208 541 9872

Safety outside primary schools

Hi
We did something a couple of years ago with Surrey Police as part of the Drive SMART campaign. We haven't done much with it recently, but I know that Surrey Heath have been using this campaign. Drop me an email if you'd like me to share what we did.


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