Dangerous driving outside four schools in Havering to become a criminal offence
PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 July 2016
Havering Council is set to become the first authority in the country to adopt a new strategy which cracks down on parents who persistently defy parking regulations.
At a full council meeting on Thursday last week, council leader Cllr Roger Ramsey announced four schools in the borough are set to introduce Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in the new school year, meaning anti-social driving could become a criminal offence.
Once introduced, 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.
An FPN differs from the usual Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) in that it is a criminal offence, not a civil one, so parents who fail to pay the fine could face prosecution.
The move follows widespread complaints about some drivers parking inconsiderately and making dangerous manoeuvres, endangering the safety of children and other pedestrians.
The pilot scheme began on June 20 at Broadford, Engayne, James Oglethorpe, Wykeham, St Peter’s and Parsonage Farm primary schools.
The consultation period for parents and residents has now ended and been approved by four of the six schools which trialled the scheme.
Cameras have now been installed at the schools and they are set to become operational in the autumn, with an official announcement due at a Havering Council meeting on September 7.
Cllr Osman Dervish, the council’s cabinet member for community safety, praised the idea when it was first announced in April.
He claimed numerous other attempts by schools to tackle dangerous driving, such as parking tickets and letters from children, had failed and that it was only a matter of time before a serious incident happened.
A second phase of the pilot is set to be rolled out in September, to Ardleigh Green and Crownfield junior schools, Gidea Park and Hylands primary schools and Rise Park Infant School, following a consultation.
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