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More schools join School Keep Clear scheme

So far 146 schools have joined the initiative

Councillor Blake Pain standing next to a camera enforcement vehicle
Councillor Blake Pain with the camera enforcement vehicle

Schools across Leicestershire are still being encouraged to sign-up to a scheme to combat the problems of inconsiderate parking.

The School Keep Clear scheme aims to address concerns that parents, residents and teachers have about parking during the school run by using a camera car to enforce mandatory zig-zag zones outside school entrances.

A total of 68 new schools became enforceable this month, in time for the new school term. Since it launched in September 2018, the scheme has seen 146 schools sign up, with a further 11 schools set to join the scheme later this year, subject to consultations.

We know that inconsiderate and dangerous parking outside schools can be a real problem, and we believe that the School Keep Clear scheme has gone some way to alleviate concerns in communities where we now enforce.

“It is great to see more schools getting involved and I would urge those that haven’t signed up to get in touch to find out more.

The work involves ensuring traffic regulation orders are in place through upgrading mandatory signs and lines so the zones are enforceable.

Enforcement officers carry out their normal duties while the camera car is being used as part of the scheme.

Using automatic number plate recognition technology, the car is used by officers to collect the necessary evidence to enable fines to be issued, via post, to drivers who park on zig-zag markings.

Since the beginning of the scheme, 22 warnings have been issued and 241 penalties have been processed to motorists parking illegally.

The trial isn’t about catching and fining motorists – we want people to stop parking inconsiderately near schools as it endangers the lives of pedestrians and causes a great deal of concern for schools and parents.

“We work closely with schools and colleges to improve issues around on-street parking which involves providing help and guidance on school travel plans to help tackle the problem where necessary.

If a school wants to be considered for future rounds of the School Keep Clear scheme, they should email SKCProject@leics.gov.uk

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