Don Valley MP Caroline Flint is asking Doncaster Council to get snappy over illegal parking on zigzag lines near schools.
Following complaints from Tickhill St Mary’s School, the Don Valley MP has been asking the Council to issue warning letters to any parents or visitors photographed on the zigzag yellow lines outside of schools.
Said Ms Flint: “Everyone agrees that parking on zigzag lines near school entrances is a hazard. That’s why there are bright yellow zigzag lines and big NO WAITING! NO PARKING! NO EXCUSE! banners near every school. Now when it comes to tackling the offenders, it is the Council that is full of excuses.”
Doncaster Mayor Davies wrote to Ms Flint stating that they will not issue warning letters based on third party evidence and will only act if a Civil Enforcement Officer is present.
Yet South Yorkshire Police, who prosecute drivers whose vehicles obstruct entrances, have confirmed that they would “be happy for schools to send photographic evidence to their local Police Safer Neighbourhood Team of any obstruction evidence, who could send a warning letter to the owner of the vehicle.”
Yet Doncaster Council insist that their parking enforcement staff must be present to take action against those parking on zigzags. The MP believes that in the age of the camera phones and ipads it is not necessary to have a member of uniformed council staff present to warn irresponsible drivers.
Said Ms Flint: “Parents and schools will not understand how the police will accept photos of evidence of obstruction – and yet Doncaster will not accept photos as evidence, even if it is taken at a quarter to nine and shows a car sitting on a zigzag outside of a school. It’s time for the Council to stop shilly-shallying, end the excuses and tell schools that they will support them in tackling irresponsible parking.
Parking on yellow or zig-zag lines is the responsibility of Doncaster Council to issue tickets. Only when vehicles obstruct or cause danger do the police become involved.
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