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Oxfordshire launches 'Zig Zag' parking programme

Tuesday 12th January 2010

Oxfordshire's road safety team, in partnership with Thames Valley Police, has put together a programme to help schools address the issue of Zig Zag parking.

One element of the programme encourages 'STARS' (School Travel and Road Safety) pupils to organise and be involved in a roadside event. This enables them to communicate to the local community how they feel about the issue.

The parking pack also contains additional ideas for supporting activities to prolong the effect of the roadside event including Oxfordshire's new ‘In the Zone’ approach and Parking Promise scheme.

For further information or a copy of the parking pack contact Mandy Rigault or Lisa Carroll on 01865 343167.
 

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In response to Bob Craven's query regarding signing. Bob is correct in that to be used for enforcement they need to have statutory status which includes signing. Most painted lines (normally 'zig-zags') are advisory and just to deter parking although some authorities do create a Traffic Regulation Order to enable prosecution of offenders.
Geoff Barrell, Oxfordshire County Council

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As an afterthought, many of the schools I pass have painted lines and warnings painted on the road outside the school. However I never see sign on a pole. and i believe for the zig zags to be legal they need signage other than the paint.

Am i right, please respond.
Bob Craven Blackpool

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I understand that many schools have a resident police officer or CPO. Can they not attend to this or are they insiders only.

A few persons reported for this offence would deter others from doing it.

Outside our local High schools are zig zags but also a metal fence thus persons cannot stop. However they do stop on the approach to a pedestrian crossing and believe they have the right to do it, so does the local taxi firm. Steps need to be taken not just in advising but in curtailing, by process, this anti social and careless driving.
Bob Craven Blackpool

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This is a daily problem at the majority of primary schools across the country and the sad thing is, it's mostly parents of the school pupils who are causing the problem and don't seem to understand the danger that their actions could have.
Jeanne Morgan - Knowsley MBC

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A very good idea. This is a positive contribution to an issue that puts children and parents at risk all over the country.
Mark - Wiltshire

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