School Keep Clear scheme enforceable at more schools

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The scheme to tackle inconsiderate parking outside schools will see a further 21 schools across Leicestershire become enforceable from today (13 May).

The School Keep Clear scheme aims to address concerns that parents, residents and teachers have about parking during the school run by using a camera car to enforce mandatory zig-zag zones outside school entrances.

Since it launched in September 2018, the scheme has seen 78 schools sign up, with a further 77 schools set to join the scheme later this year, subject to consultations. 

We have received positive feedback from the scheme so far and would like other schools to register an interest in time for the scheme to run again in September this year.

We know that inconsiderate and dangerous parking outside schools can be a real problem, and we believe that the School Keep Clear scheme has gone some way to alleviate concerns in communities where we now enforce. 

“It is great to see more schools getting involved and I would urge those that haven’t signed up to get in touch to find out more.

Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for environment and transport

The work involves ensuring traffic regulation orders are in place through upgrading mandatory signs and lines so the zones are enforceable.

Enforcement officers carry out their normal duties while the camera car is being used as part of the scheme.

Using automatic number plate recognition technology, the car is used by officers to collect the necessary evidence to enable fines to be issued, via post, to drivers who park on zig-zag markings.

Since the beginning of September, 22 warnings have been issued and 149 penalties have been processed to motorists parking illegally.

The trial isn’t about catching and fining motorists – we want people to stop parking inconsiderately near schools as it endangers the lives of pedestrians and causes a great deal of concern for schools and parents. 

“We work closely with schools and colleges to improve issues around on-street parking which involves providing help and guidance on school travel plans to help tackle the problem where necessary.

Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for environment and transport

If a school wants to be considered for future rounds of the School Keep Clear scheme, they should email SKCProject@leics.gov.uk

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