Selfish parents fined as Council takes action over dangerous parking outside school gates

Slough Borough Council has revealed that dangerous parking at school gates by selfish parents has been halved four months following the introduction of a new mobile unit.

Slough's Camera Enforcement Unit

Slough’s Camera Enforcement Unit

Parents who park poorly outside schools are learning it isn’t worth it after four months of the council’s camera cars being operational.

The parking cars, equipped with CCTV were introduced in October specifically to tackle poor and dangerous parking on school keep clear zigzags after on-going complaints from schools and other parents.

Since their introduction the number of parents caught parking illegally on zigzags has more than halved – in just four months.

In November last year, 127 people were caught parking on keep clear school markings but by February this year, the number had plummeted to just 55.

Councillor Sohail Munawar, commissioner for economic and social inclusion, with responsibility for road safety, said: “Parking on school zigzags is inconsiderate, illegal and worst of all dangerous for the children.

We tried educating parents

“We tried educating parents, the school tried asking parents to be considerate but nothing worked with some.

“But now it seems getting a parking fine has made some parents reconsider their behaviour – which is exactly why we brought in these camera cars.”

The two parking enforcement cars hit the streets on 21 October 2013 to patrol areas where it would be difficult, impractical or sensitive to have foot patrols.

Councillor Munawar added:

“There is talk by the government about banning parking enforcement cars which is quite ridiculous as it is apparent from the evidence in Slough that they work, are a deterrent to poor parking and make areas outside schools safer.

“We are looking at introducing keep clear zigzag restrictions at every school in the borough because if we have to put in more restrictions and fine parents to stop them putting the safety of school children at risk, then that is what we will do.”

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