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88 tickets handed out to Wolverhampton parents illegally parked outside schools

By Alex Ross | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

A CCTV vehicle and parking wardens targeting parents parking illegally outside schools handed out almost 90 tickets in three months.

88 parking tickets were handed out in three months

Wolverhampton council's parking services deployed the vehicle and wardens to 74 schools from April 4 to July 15.

In that time, 88 £70 penalty notices were issued.

The council has the power to give out tickets to cars which stop on yellow zig-zags outside schools from 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

The council is considering what more it can do to tackle car parking near schools.

In a report to be presented to the council, it states 65 children were injured on the roads in Wolverhampton last year.

The figures come as council bosses look for help in tackling problem parking outside schools.

The city council's vibrant and sustainable city scrutiny panel is being asked to consider what the council can do to alleviate inconsiderate parking around schools amid reports nationally that there are some 22,000 pedestrian casualties near schools every year.

Chiefs said a combination of increased car ownership and usage, as well as 'stranger danger' fears and parking on yellow ‘keep clear’ zones outside schools marked by zig-zag lines are to blame.

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They said this is 'exacerbating the problem of inconsiderate parking outside the city’s schools – and increasing danger to young pedestrians'.

Between 2012 and 2017, there were 198 child pedestrian casualties in Wolverhampton.

Eleven were injured during the school run, resulting in one serious and 10 slight injuries.

At East Park Academy, students are working with police to alleviate the problem by handing out warning tickets to inconsiderate drivers.

Alex Ross

By Alex Ross
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