The council’s transport and highways committee has approved a report which recommends ‘keep clear’ markings outside the county’s schools be converted from advisory to mandatory – meaning that they can be enforced.
Group manager for highway safety Suzanne Heydon said: “Up to now the markings have only been advisory and we have had to rely on head teachers working with parents and asking them to park more considerately. In many cases, however, the problem has continued.”
“Making markings mandatory means civil enforcement officers will be able to issue a Penalty Charge Notice to offenders, in line with other parking offences. This, coupled with clear information sent out to parents, has proved effective elsewhere in Britain.”
A consultation period to implement the necessary traffic regulation orders will be carried before any final decision is made.