School parking crackdown

Joseph Bulmer

INSTANT fines now await inconsiderate motorists who cause problems with their cars outside local schools. New signs are going up at schools across Torridge and North Devon making it clear that it is illegal to park on the zig-zag lines which are there to

INSTANT fines now await inconsiderate motorists who cause problems with their cars outside local schools.

New signs are going up at schools across Torridge and North Devon making it clear that it is illegal to park on the zig-zag lines which are there to keep accesses clear and safeguard children.

They are part of a countywide crackdown on traffic problems at schools, including parking and speeding.

Erection of the signs now makes it possible for both police and council civil enforcement officers to issue on-the-spot tickets. These carry a penalty of �70, although if paid within 14 days the cost is halved.

Welcoming the erection of the new signs outside St Helen's School in Abbotsham this week, PCSO John McGovern said that the council officers would be working alongside police on the initiative.

Before the signs were in place they could only move offenders on. But now the civil enforcement officers and the police had the power to issue instant tickets.

Enforcement officers would responding to any reports of problems at schools and also visiting them on a random basis, he said.

Torridge District Council's lead member for parking services, Cllr Geoff Lee, said: "I am very pleased and welcome the opportunity for the council's civil enforcement officers to work in partnership with the police and our local schools to minimise irresponsible parking near school entrances.

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