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Clampdown on dangerous school run driving in Havering to start Monday

PUBLISHED: 13:30 02 November 2016

Trial period taking place outside Broadford Primary School

Trial period taking place outside Broadford Primary School

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A scheme to tackle dangerous driving around school is set to be rolled out from Monday.

Four primary schools in the borough will introduce Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to crack down on parents, who persistently flout parking regulations following a public consultation.

Wykeham primary school will be the first school to be subject to a PSPO from Monday.

The school will be followed by James Oglethorpe and Parsonage Farm primary schools from November 14 and Engayne primary school from January 16, 2017.

PSPOs will operate from 8-9.30am and 2.30-4pm Monday to Friday during term time.

PSPOs allow the council to treat dangerous parking as a criminal offence where a child’s life has been thought to have been endangered.

Any drivers deemed to have performed dangerous manoeuvres or parked illegally would be handed a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of up to £100, which would have to be paid within 14 days.

The area under subject to a PSPO will be monitored by cameras on street lamp columns and the council’s enforcement officers will patrol the streets during the school run.

Cameras and signage will be installed around Wykeham pirmary school this week.

Ardleigh Green Infant School, Branfil Primary School, Crownfield Infant and Junior Schools, Gidea Park Primary School and Hylands Primary School are all earmarked for the next stage.

Lead Cabinet Member for the PSPO scheme Cllr Jason Frost said: “I would be delighted if no FPNs are issued and no-one ends up in court as that would mean that drivers are being responsible and that the journeys for children to and from these schools are safer.

“It is important for parents and residents to be aware that any fines will go to the crown and not Havering Council as they would be criminal rather than civil prosecutions.”

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