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School Gate Parking

Problems caused by inconsiderate and/or illegal parking in the vicinity of schools during morning drop off and afternoon pick up are a constant cause of complaints to the majority of schools in Bedford Borough.

Parking illegally or inconsiderately not only causes inconvenience to local residents and undermines the school's efforts to be a good neighbour but creates road safety issues, including danger to pedestrians crossing roads.To date it is extremely fortunate that no-one has been seriously injured (or worse) as a direct result of such bad parking but the potential for such an occurrence is ever present.

 

Please consider these issues when parking. This may mean parking a little further away from the school.  In all cases please ensure that you obey the following which form rule 243 of the Highway Code:-

 

DO NOT stop or park:-

  •        Near a school entrance
  •        Anywhere you would prevent access for emergency services
  •        At or near a bus or tram stop or taxi rank
  •        Opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction except in an authorised parking space
  •        Near the brow of a hill or hump back bridge
  •        Opposite a traffic island or (if this would cause an obstruction) another parked vehicle.
  •        Where a kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles
  •        In front of an entrance to a property
  •        On a bend
  •        Where you would obstruct cyclists’ use of cycle facilities except when forced to do so by 
           stationary traffic.

 

Under no circumstances should vehicles stop or park on the yellow school "keep clear" markings on a pedestrian crossing or where they would interfere with a school crossing patrol.

Regular visits by the Borough Councils ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) equipped vehicles will be enforcing parking offences and penalty charge notices will be issued.

By parking in a legal and considerate manner, congestion will be reduced and safety increased along with enjoying the benefits of easy access to the school and enhancing the relationship of the school with its neighbours.

 

Please click on the links below to view the bus back advertisements and a leaflet produced to publicise the need to park safely and considerately.

 

School gate parking bus back 1

School gate parking bus back 2

School gate parking leaflet

 

Bedford Borough Council Road Safety Team  

    telephone (01234) 228336

Email road.safety@bedford.gov.uk

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