Parents in York are being encouraged to pledge their support for a new scheme aimed at tackling inappropriate and illegal parking around schools.
City of York Council says that many schools in the city suffer from inconsiderate parking around the school entrance and in nearby streets, and as a result children’s safety is being put at risk.
With the support of schools and North Yorkshire Police, City of York Council has launched the Parents’ Parking Promise.
The promise encourages parents and carers to park responsibly around schools or consider using other modes of transport such as walking, cycling or bus journeys to help children travel to and from school safely.
The promise asks everyone that signs up to not park on zig zag or double yellow lines or on pavements, but instead to park carefully and considerately or consider walking or cycling to schools.
Those who sign up to the scheme receive a car badge, unique to their children’s school, to demonstrate their commitment to parking responsibly and further strengthen support for the scheme.
York City Council also says that “to support the scheme and in response to concerns expressed by many head teachers, a road safety camera car will operate from March 2014 to enforce parking restrictions outside schools”.
The council says that this method has proved successful in other authorities in deterring illegal parking and thereby increasing safety around schools.
Councillor Janet Looker said:“Over the past 20 years the percentage of children travelling to school by car nationally has doubled. In York around 30% of primary and 10% 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.”
Deputy chief constable Tim Madgwick, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “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 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.”