by Iain Roberts on 18 November, 2015
One of the issues that regularly comes up for the Lib Dem team is parking problems outside schools. It’s a nationwide issue, and not an easy one to crack, so we keep at it.
We recently asked for an update from the Council’s parking enforcement team, so here it is.
Every school and college in Stockport has parking problems, and all get regular visits from the traffic wardens several times a year.
In the last half term 10 Penalty Notices were issued to vehicles stopping on school zigzags. The visual presence of traffic wardens at a school leads to a significant reduction in contraventions whilst there are in attendance.
Some authorities use camera cars to enforce school restrictions – however there is a significant cost (approx. £50k) associated with this approach. Also from talking to other authorities this is not the panacea it may appear as, like a CEO, it can only be at one school location at a time. Furthermore camera enforcement of other (non-school/bus stop) parking restrictions is discouraged by the Government, hence the vehicle would only be fully utilised for a few hours each day.
Last month Thurrock Council announced that they were training teachers to issue Parking tickets. This was an excellent piece of publicity – as it turns out just one lunchtime assistant is being trained as a traffic warden. Issuing parking tickets to motorists encourages confrontation, this is something council traffic wardens are trained to deal with but not many teachers (or other members of the public) would be too keen to fine the parents of their pupils. The NUT are not advocates of this idea.10 Comments