Problems caused by inconsiderate parking near schools was discussed at recent Neighbourhood Fora. The meeting asked our local Police Beat Team to treat this as one of their priorities.
Towards the end of the last school year over 40 vehicles were identified over a 2-3 week period contravening the school zigzags outside Summerhill Primary Academy. A letter has recently been sent by the police to the registered keepers of the vehicles:
This letter is being sent to you in relation to parking complaints we have received at Summerhill Academy, Plummers Hill, Bristol.
Under the Road Traffic Regulation Act (1984), it is an offence to stop, wait or pick up passengers on school entrance markings (the zig zag markings). This will result in being issued with a fixed penalty notice and receiving a £50 fine.
Vehicle checks have been done and your address has come back as the registered keeper to vehicle [registration number]. This vehicle was seen parked/stopped on the zig zag lines outside of Summerhill Academy during drop off/pick up times.
Regular school patrols and ticket enforcements will be carried out from the start of the new school year therefore please consider this letter as a warning.
The road markings are placed here for a reason and parking illegally puts other drivers, parents and children’s safety at risk. By parking or stopping in this position you are causing an obstruction to the visibility of other road users and endangering the safety of your child and every child who is trying to cross the road.
With the new school term now begun, enforcement will increase around the Summerhill schools.
Highway improvements are also being carried out in Plummers Hill to improve pedestrian safety in the area.