Parking ticket threat to parents on school run
Parents dropping their children off at school are being warned that traffic wardens will issue tickets if motorists are parking illegally.
Bath and North East Somerset Council is preparing its second phase of enforcement at schools across the area after a successful launch in December 2011.
That was the first time the civil enforcement officers were allowed to issue on-the-spot fines for people parked on zigzag lines outside school gates.
Now the second batch of schools are being included in a new traffic regulation order.
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Council cabinet member for transport Councillor Roger Symonds (Lib Dem, Combe Down) said: "The feedback we receive from local schools is that illegally-parked cars create significant dangers outside schools. The road markings are in place for a reason. Safety of pupils, parents, and teachers on the walk to school is paramount.
"Before now, the Keep Clear markings have never been subject to formal action by the authorities."
The second tranche of schools includes Oldfield School, St Andrew's Primary School, Batheaston Primary School, Bathwick St Mary Primary School, Beechen Cliff School, Combe Down Primary School, St Stephen's Primary School, Kingswood School, Royal High School, St Stephen's Primary School, St Saviour's Infant School, St Saviour's Junior School, Moorlands Federation, St John's RC Primary and Hayesfield School.
Traffic wardens will be routinely patrolling school gates at the start and end of an academic day and will be authorised to issue £70 fines.
Meanwhile, council chiefs are confident that new and clearer signs at Bath's bus gate have now cleared up confusion among visiting motorists.
They now want to make temporary signs and markings in High Street and New Bond Street permanent.
Bath and North East Somerset Council had been forced to revise the way motorists are warned about the bus gate after a string of successful appeals by visitors fined for inadvertently breaking the ban on cars going through the lights in Northgate Street, which aim to keep most vehicles out of the city centre.