The Telegraph is reporting that a council has raked in up to almost £400,000 in motoring fines in just six months by targeting parents on the school run. The crackdown was the work of Croydon Borough Council, who closed off roads to those dropping children to and from three primary schools in the capital.
Officials claimed it was to manage congestion, but during the six-month scheme up to £380,120 worth of fines were handed out to parents.
A total of 2,924 penalty notice charges – at £130 each – were issued between October 2 last year and March 2 by Croydon Borough Council
During the six month trial the roads were only closed to school-run parents and the council used automatic number plate recognition to ensure locals could use the roads.
Parents were given the chance to pay a discounted fine of £65 if they paid within 14 days.
A spokesman said: “The council piloted this scheme because inconsiderate school run driving had become a safety risk to children and a nuisance to residents. The primaries involved have since reported less congestion, a safer road for children to walk to school in and more punctuality, and over time the council has needed to issue fewer fines.”
A good idea to be rolled out nationwide? Is the school run a problem around your school? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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