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York School Parking Car Hits The Road

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1:12pm 3rd March 2014

A new camera car designed to tackle parents parking illegally on the school run, giving out £70 fines to those who break the rules.

The city council says it's brought in the car after concerns from headteachers about dangerous parking outside their schools. It adds the cars have proven successful in other areas in stopping illegal parking and making roads around schools safer.

Cllr Janet Looker, Cabinet Member for Children’s Service at City of York Council, said: “Over the past 20-years the percentage of children travelling to school by car nationally has doubled. In York around 30 per cent of primary and 10 per cent of secondary school children are now driven to school, the majority of these journeys are less than one mile.

“Working with schools and parents we hope to further highlight that there are other options available than driving to school, but if parents choose this option then we want to encourage them to do this safely and join this scheme to make children feel safer on their way to and from school.

“Many headteachers have expressed concerns to us about the inappropriate parking outside their schools and in response to these concerns we are introducing the road safety camera car. However, we hope that by highlighting the Parking’ Parents Promise scheme it will help raise even more awareness and help further reduce poor parking around schools.”

Jane Nellar, head teacher of St.Lawrence C of E VA Primary School, said: “We all want our children to be safe; if this initiative saves the life, or prevents the injury, of even one child and makes drivers think carefully about where to park, then it will have had a great impact.”

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “I am very pleased that North Yorkshire Police are supporting this campaign which I know is very important to parents with young children at school.

“It is really important that the roads around schools are as safe as possible and hopefully this campaign will prompt people to be more considerate and bear the safety of children in mind.

“It’s great that the children at schools in the City of York are getting involved in promoting the scheme and I would encourage as many people as possible to take part, back the campaign and help make our children safer.”

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