|Don't Park on the Zig-Zags|
Fixed penalty notices for dangerous drivers
Some of the worst rush-hour drivers are often parents or carers - taking their charges to and from school.
Ealing Council will be taking enforcement action against people parked in the zig-zag area at 17 schools from 20 February.
The yellow zig-zag road markings provide a clear space for children to cross where they can see traffic and traffic can see them when going to and from school.
Banners will be displayed outside schools and leaflets given to parents and carers to remind them that it is illegal and dangerous to block the ‘school keep clear’ area marked with zig-zag lines.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment said: “Parking on zig-zag lines outside schools puts children in danger by reducing their view of the road and forces them to cross between parked cars. It also makes it harder for drivers to see them.
“Inconsiderate and dangerous parking near schools is one of the biggest complaints I get in my mailbag from parents and neighbours. This campaign is about reminding parents why they shouldn’t park dangerously outside schools. Keeping children safe on the road is our priority and if parents continue to ignore those warnings then we won’t hesitate to issue penalty charge notices.”
The zig-zag campaign will be at the following schools from Monday, 20 February to Friday, 2 March
The campaign then moves to the following schools from 12-23 March
Seven schools have already taken part in the first phase of the campaign in January
23rd February 2012