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Help requested posted on 7th October 2019:

Schools - Inconsiderate parking

Has anyone tried successfully any initiatives outside of enforcement to deter inconsiderate parking in and around schools. Like most Authorities, even where we have suitable parking restrictions in place, there are insufficient resources, other than occasionally, to enforce robustly. Therefore, looking to trial something from a more educational perspective to deter inconsiderate parking specifically.

Rob Camp

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Response posted on 17th October 2019 by:
Matthew McDonald

E: matthew.mcdonald@devon.gov.uk
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Schools - Inconsiderate parking

Hello
A local school here in Exeter organised a protest against inconsiderate parent parking. Children with placards held a protest out side the school where parents were parking on double yellows.


Response posted on 18th October 2019 by:
John Walsh

E: john.walsh@stayingalivetodrive.co.uk
T: +447831599100

Schools - Inconsiderate parking

Discussing this very topic with my daughter today following yet more ignorant flagrant parking on zig-zags outside my grandchildrens school in Lichfield. My son was with us and he confirmed that HIS kids school in Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield is also a nightmare in this context - so that's a full house - 2 opinions, 2 serious problems.

Here are my thoughts.

Many schools have an available resource of "volunteers". Get each school to engage a "volunteer" equipped with a smartphone. Let call him/her "JO".

JO patrols the access road(s) at school start time and school end time. JO takes a picture of any flagrant infringements - JO waits 5 minutes and IF the offending parent/vehicle is STILL parked dangerously, JO takes a second picture.

JO goes online and RECORDS the incident (website to be developed - I can do that if necessary).
The website has CONNECTIVITY to DVLA ownership records via the REG. The ownership details are attached to the incident images and PUBLSIHED for public viewing keyed to both the REG and also to the OWNERSHIP name.

The STATS thus accrued can be searched by LOCATION (postcode, town, school and more) and the culprits publicly identified.

The STATS could be viewed by INSURANCE companies who cover the vehicle - by the POLICE if they want to discuss the issue with the vehicle owner - but most importantly the behaviour will be made PUBLIC and the perpetrators will need to face their peers daily.

There are undoubtedly some "issues" to address for such a scheme to become a reality, but A) they can all be addressed and sorted, and B) the end result will be fewer ignorant parents causing RISK to all other sensible parents children.

It's a shame to even have to consider such steps, but 10% of parents could not give a toss about the impact of their behaviour on others, nor the extra RISK it brings to injury outside schools.

3 months to create it - sorted !!!


Response posted on 23rd October 2019 by:
James Sutton

E: james.sutton@medway.gov.uk
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Schools - Inconsiderate parking

We offer a Zigzag banner campaign to our schools in Medway, starting with the green message banner through to amber and finally red where the messages get progressively stronger over the duration. Each banner is displayed for a three week period and coordinated with parking enforcement visits. The campaign is considered a more polite approach and can often prove effective alongside any other activities that the school may be involved in to discourage irresponsible/illegal parking in the school vicinity. Happy to provide further details.


Response posted on 23rd October 2019 by:
John Billington

E: john@room9media.com
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Schools - Inconsiderate parking

Our "Cars and Kids don't mix" resources have proved very popular as they have the capacity to progress from a friendly warning to notice of ticketing action! Include banners, leaflets, animations and images for bespoke use.

https://www.room9media.co.uk/collections/driving/products/cars-kids-mix


Response posted on 31st October 2019 by:
Sandra Agbabiaka

E: sandra.agbabiaka@hackney.gov.uk
T: 02083568364

Schools - Inconsiderate parking

We offer different solutions, SKC camera enforcement, SKC & inconsiderate parking campaign with JRSOs and also School Streets again with camera enforcement.


Response posted on 31st October 2019 by:
Paul McKenna

E: paul.mckenna@capita.co.uk
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Schools - Inconsiderate parking

Hi,

I've done extensive work on this subject. My dissertation was on School travel Planning and I now work with authorities including Northumberland County Council and North Tyneside Council on this very subject.

We have recently worked with Sustrans to undertake street closure trials outside schools. These have proven very popular and we're rolling out a few more in the new year.

We have produced 'Sustainable Links to Schools' reports which have then led to installation of new cycleway footways and various measures around schools to promote cycling and walking.

We have implemented targeted restricted parking measures, lower speed limits and other physical measures to improve safety around schools and allow effective enforcement to take place.

Local Authorities have teams on hand that specifically go into to schools and educate and promote soft measures as well.

I sought advice from Edinburgh Council and used the Hackney Toolkit downloadable online for the street closures by the way. They proved very helpful.

Feel free to get in touch via E mail if required.


Response posted on 7th November 2019 by:
Michael McDonnell

E: michael.mcdonnell@transport.gov.scot
T: 07795222429

Schools - Inconsiderate parking

Is it a traffic management or road safety problem? You need to know that before trying to implement a solution. Be careful you don't implement a road safety solution to solve a traffic management problem in case you then create a road safety problem.


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