Council crackdown on dangerous parking outside schools

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PARENTS who park dangerously outside schools are being warned – park responsibly or face a court summons.

In a new initiative by Portsmouth City Council, people caught stopping on zigzags will receive a warning letter, even if they stay in their car.

Anyone caught a second time will be sent another warning and paid a visit at home.

After a third offence, a court summons will be issued and if found guilty, the fine is £1,000.

So far, 213 offenders have received warning letters and 13 visits have been carried out.

Councillor Jason Fazackarley is the council’s cabinet member for traffic and transportation.

He said: ‘The most common factor in road incidents involving child pedestrians is a child trying to cross the road from between parked cars, where visibility is poor.

‘But more and more drivers, particularly parents, are parking on zigzags. This initiative means anyone who parks on zigzags during school hours now risks at £1,000 fine.

‘We have also made the process easier for police, PCSOs, community wardens and parking officers to report cars illegally parked on zigzags.’

Nobody has yet received a court summons.

The city council says it is the first local authority in the country to introduce an initiative to tackle irresponsible parking outside schools.

Jackie Smith is the associate headteacher at Northern Parade Infant School in Hilsea.

She said dangerous parking on yellow zigzags is a huge problem.

‘For a start, it’s breaking the law, but it is also dangerous for children,’ she said.

‘We’re not doing this to be awkward, there is a reason they are there and people shouldn’t park there.’

Parents at the school have backed the new initiative.

Mum Corinne McEvely, 27, of Dieppe Crescent in Hilsea, said: ‘It’s a great idea.

‘They should do as much as they can to stop it from happening because it is dangerous.

‘I drive but I leave the car at home and walk to school because it causes less of a problem.’