A new council trial is to see motorists banned from driving near schools during drop-off and pick-up times. Three schools in Solihull will be selected for the experiment which will begin in September next year.
According to the BBC, the scheme comes following complaints that parents were parking on grass verges and blocking residents’ drives.
The trial will see an ‘exclusion zone’ enforced during the school run and anyone who transgresses could face a fine of £70. Only those with permits, including residents, the disabled and emergency services, will be exempt.
Tina Wiggin of Solihull Council told the Birmingham Mail that school gate parking was an ongoing problem across the borough.
“Numerous complaints are received by disgruntled residents living in the proximity of schools due to inconsiderate parking and sometimes obstruction of driveways.
“Civil enforcement officers are acting on a reactive basis but are not able to be at all schools at the same time and often when attending cannot issue instant fines due to legislative waiting times that parents take advantage of. Obstruction of driveways can only be enforced by a police officer.”
According to Sustrans, a fifth of rush hour traffic comprises cars taking children to or from school with the average journey to primary school just 1.5 miles. The organisation’s 2010 survey of schoolchildren also revealed that despite almost half wanting to cycle to school, only four per cent were allowed to.
Parents interviewed outside Greswolde Primary on Thursday told the BBC that the plan was unfair on working parents pressed for time during the school run. Local commuters have however expressed their support.
Chris Harris said: "The amount of selfish, thoughtless and dangerous parking I see on the school run every day drives me mad. What’s wrong with parking a little further away and suffering a whole 200 yards walk?”