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Parents could land up to £1,000 in fines for driving their kids to school, this is why

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Parents driving their children to school in these areas of the UK could face fines up to £1,000

Nuisance parking at school gates is among the biggest bug bears of parents at schools across the UK and appears some council officials have recognised.

Many local authorities are now looking to enforce fines or bans against offending parents. 

In April the Government looked to target dangerous levels of pollution around to parents who were parked outside school with their engines running. 

Council chiefs in Waltham Forest introduced the fine against ‘anti-idling’ to a local school, with volunteer parents and council officers enforcing the fine.

The council said: “Children breathe in 50 per cent more air per body weight than adults.

“If you are parked outside of school with your engine running, that’s more pollution that the children are breathing into their lungs.”


in these areas. 

The ‘School Streets’ initiative is a Hackney council-led scheme being trialled at St John the Baptist C of E primary, Hoxton, and Tyssen community primary, Stamford Hill, according to the Evening Standard. 

Feryal Demirci, Hackney’s Cabinet member for neighbourhoods, transport and parks, told the Standard: “Too many children in Hackney are driven to school. It’s bad for air quality and it’s bad for their health.”

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St John the Baptist C of E primary, Hoxton is one of two schools trialling the £130 scheme

Restrictions for motorists parking in these areas would apply between 8.30am-9.15am and 3.15am-4pm. 

The penalty for drivers caught parking in these areas would be £130, reduced to £65 if the fine is paid within 14 days. 

In February a trialling scheme at four

Designated zones will be introduced at four primary schools in Havering, London, which will carry fixed penalty notices if parents are caught parked in them.

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Engayne primary school in Upminster is trialling the parking block

If any driver is “seen stopping to drop off or pick up pupils” in these zones, they can receive an on the spot fine of £100. 

Drivers who fail to pay this fine within 14 days or clock up three offences, will be prosecuted and could be fined up to £1,000 or a criminal record. 

Pick-ups and drop-offs are banned from 8am-9.30am and 2.30pm-4pm.

The scheme was introduced after neighbours complained their drives were being blocked by parents parked, waiting for their kids. 

James Oglethorpe in Upminster, Parsonage Farm in Rainham, Wykeham in Hornchurch and Engayne also in Upminster schools were all issed information sheet which said: “Don’t run the risk of a criminal record” adding “any vehicle seen stopping to drop off or pick up pupils during the school run within the designated zone will be monitored by cameras and fixed penalty notices of £100 may be issued”.

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Schools in Solihull are banning parking during peak times for two years=


From September 2017 Solihull Council will implement a two-year parking ban for traffic from streets around Midlands schools. 

The pilot scheme is to clampdown on the amount of illegal parking taking place by school run parents. 

The new initiative will see the introduction of car exclusion zones banning vehicles from driving in, out or through the year. 

It will be trialled at three primary schools in Solihull, although which schools these will be haven’t been confirmed yet. 

Large signs will be placed at the entrance of these zones between 8am and 9am and from 2.30pm to 3.30 pm, with only permit holders, residents, the disabled and emergency services begin exempt. 

Any motorist who ignores the rules could land a £70 fine. 


A Plymouth police officer issued a warning to parents parking on the yellow zig-zag lines outside Pendeen Crescent off Southway Driver.

He said is a tweet that he would be issuing tickets to anyone who ignored the road making as ‘words of advice’ weren’t working. 


Leicester City Council announced that they intended to start using enforcement cameras to police zig zag markings outside schools from June this year.

This was due to parents flouting the rules outside the school and parking in these areas, causing congestion chaos at pick-up and drop-off times. 

Drivers who are caught on camera in these restricted areas would receive a £70, reduced to £35 if it is paid within 14 days. 

The council drew up a list of the 10 schools worst affected by chaotic an dangerous school-run parking.

Soar Valley College, in Gleneagles Avenue

Crown Hills Community College, in Gwendolen Road

Beaumont Leys School, in Anstey Lane

Coleman Primary, also in Gwendolen Road

Rushey Mead Academy, in Melton Road

Christ the King Infant and Junior, in Glenfield Road

Mellor Primary, in Checketts Road

The Islamic Academy, in London Road

Mayflower Primary, in Evington Drive

Overdale Junior, in Eastcourt Road

It has not been confirmed which of these schools will be trialling the scheme from June.


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