Schools in Torfaen County Borough Council in South Wales are using a long established initiative to combat the problem of motorists parking inconsiderately outside schools (Road Safety Wales).
George Street Primary School, in Pontypool, is the latest Torfaen school to operate the “green cone scheme”, under which green traffic cones are placed on both sides of the road to stop cars parking, thereby giving parents and pupils a clear view in both directions to enable them to cross safely.
Councillor John Cunningham, Torfaen Council, said: “When too many vehicles try to park outside a school at the same time, it can pose a danger to the pupils.
“The main concern has to be the safe transportation of children to and from school. The green cone scheme offers a simple solution to what can be a dangerous problem.”
Julie Wood, head teacher at George Street Primay, added: “We are very hopeful that the scheme will support the school in our constant endeavour to ensure all pupils leave and enter our school site safely.
“We feel that this is a very important initiative and hope that it will prove to be very successful.”
The green cone scheme was originally piloted as long ago as 2006, at six schools in Caerphilly in South Wales. By 2010, 27 schools in the area were participating in the scheme.