This is what the law says about parking outside schools in Derbyshire

Police have issued a reminder to parents following reports of ‘inconsiderate and irresponsible parking’ outside of schools in Derbyshire.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 1:39 pm

It comes after officers from the Clay Cross Safer Neighbourhood Team revealed they had been made aware of the issue near Pilsley School, with one car parking on the pavement and not leaving enough room for a pedestrian to pass in a move they branded “totally unacceptable”.

Residents across Chesterfield also highlighted other schools in the borough where inconsiderate parking is a problem.

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Parking outside Dunston Primary School, just one of the areas highlighted for parking problems by residents in Derbyshire

Now, Derbyshire Constabulary has explained what the law says about parking outside schools in an effort to tackle the issue.

The force said: “Inconsiderate and irresponsible parking around schools pick-up and drop-off times is something we find causes concern for communities across Derbyshire, and can potentially put the safety of children, and other road users, at risk.

“When parking, please respect the Highway Code, and parking regulations in the area (eg. single and double yellow lines, white zig zag lines, double white lines).

“Do not block entrances, dropped kerbs or garages. Do not park in a way that would stop someone with a pushchair or wheelchair from using a pavement. If they are unable to get past, they have to walk on road to get around and this put their safety at risk.

“Do not block access for emergency services to get through. If you have a garage or driveway, use the space in front of your garage, and extra driveway spaces as well as the garage.

“Leave room for people to get on and off their driveways Encourage visitors park in your spaces, and responsibly and considerately.”

They added: “Our officers regularly carry out patrols near to schools, especially where concerns have been highlighted as a key issue, and work alongside enforcement officers from the council to tackle any issues. This would include further visits to the area and enforcement.

“We appreciate that being able to park close to your own property, place of work or the school when dropping off or collecting children at peak times is convenient, especially when we lead busy lives and parking spaces are limited, but we would remind drivers of the importance to be considerate to other road users and pedestrians.”

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