Parking Offences: Schools

Transport written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Jim Dowd Jim Dowd Labour, Lewisham West

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to enforce the parking restrictions on zig-zag markings outside schools.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

Local authorities have the power under the Road Traffic Act 1984 to make Traffic Regulation Orders that, among other things, put in place parking restrictions such as zig-zag markings outside schools. Where a local authority has Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) power it may enforce a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). Otherwise it is for the police to enforce.

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P.D.James Chimonides
Posted on 29 Mar 2007 1:13 am (Report this annotation)

The Under-Secretary is avoiding answering the question. The answer appears to be 'child safety is not our job, therefore, we are doing nothing'.

However, perhaps the lengthy response serves to suggest to Jim Dowd he should be enquiring of the Borough Council / Police of Lewisham how the matter lies with them. I wonder what their responses will be, or have been, that an MP should be asking questions.