Call for road users to look out for children’s safety

6 February 2018

Swift action is being taken to protect children's safety by tackling illegal parking outside schools.

 

In addition to deploying CCTV enforcement cars to schools throughout the borough, the council has purchased a single re-mountable CCTV camera as a pilot to improve enforcement of school Keep Clear yellow zig zag markings.

 

Cars parked in school Keep Clear zones can block visibility for both children and drivers. This puts children entering and exiting school gates at risk, and increases the likelihood of accidents.

 

Brent Council is calling on all road users to keep children's safety in mind when driving or parking on busy London roads.

 

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Environment said:

"Every child should be able to go to and from school safely. Rush hour can be a nightmare but it's nothing compared to every parent's worst fear. I'm shocked by the antisocial and dangerous driving that can take place outside of schools. It's the responsibility of everyone on the roads, especially those on or near schools, to make sure that they're doing everything they can to ensure the safety of those around them."

 

Walking, taking public transport or cycling is encouraged whenever possible, as a healthier alternative that is better for the environment and helps clear congestion around school roads.