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Blitz on inconsiderate school parkers
3:30pm Thursday 12th April 2012 in News
THURROCK Council is waging war on parents who park illegally during the school run.
In the run-up to the Easter holidays, the authority doubled the number of traffic warden visits to schools in the borough in a bid to catch out inconsiderate motorists, who they say are endangering children.
The move, which saw four officers sent out every morning and afternoon to schools, is set to continue after the holidays.
Among the many offences they’ve found are vehicles parked in a restricted street where waiting or loading restrictions are in force, cars parked next to a drop-kerb, or vehicles stopped in a restricted area outside a school.
Denise Langan, the council’s road safety manager, said: “School keep-clear markings are there to provide a clear area in which children can cross the road more safely.
“Children, because of their size, cannot easily see if the road is clear with parked cars on the road and drivers cannot see small children hidden by parked cars.
“Parking on the markings puts children at risk and parents should find alternative places to stop if they have to use the car on the school journey.”
At the larger and busier schools in the borough, all four traffic wardens work together, warning parents or issuing penalty charge notices where necessary.
At the smaller schools, only two will work while their colleagues move on to another hotspot.