A Kent County Council initiative, launched in a bid to tackle dangerous parking outside schools across the county, has been recognised with a national award.
The council’s ‘Responsible Parking Squad’ picked up the Front Line Award at the British Parking Awards 2017*, which were presented in London on 10 March.
The Responsible Parking Squad initiative was originally launched to offer advice and resources to enable primary schools to run their own schemes and campaigns to promote a safer school environment.
Building on the success of the initial campaign, Kent County Council created the ‘RPS – Responsible Parking Squad’ website and toolkit for the county’s secondary schools.
The aim of the toolkit is to encourage those who drive to school in Kent to think about their journey and take responsibility for parking with care, to help make the area near and around the school safer for pupils.
The website also includes ideas that schools across the county have successfully deployed in order to improve parking and safety.
There is also a section giving parents advice about how they can travel to school more actively, and how they can get involved with encouraging other drivers to park considerably and safely around their child’s school.
*Created and presented by Parking Review magazine, the British Parking Awards are an independent competition. Now in their 16th year, the awards recognise the leading examples of car park management, enforcement, design and teamwork.
The Front Line Award is dedicated to parking personnel who engage with drivers and the general public as a part of their day-to-day activities, recognising excellent customer service, communication skills and community engagement. The award also recognises staff working in roles that keep parking operations running.