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Schools urged to sign-up to tackle parking issues

The deadline to get in touch is 1 March

Schools sign-up to camera car scheme
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.

Our 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.

Since it launched in September 2018, the scheme has seen 57 schools sign up, with a further 23 schools set to join the scheme later this year. 

We have received positive feedback from the scheme so far and are asking other schools to register an interest in time for the scheme to run again in September this year.

 

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 would be great to see more schools get involved and I would urge them 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 will continue with their normal duties while a camera car is also being used as part of the scheme.

Using automatic number plate recognition technology, the car will be 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 September, 22 warnings have been issued and 91 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 by Friday, 1 March 2019.

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