Alcester Police Safer Neighbourhood Team

Parking around school premises (Alcester area)

Since the schools started back we have received a number of complaints regarding inconsiderate parking around schools at drop off and pick up times. We understand that vehicles are being parked on footpaths, across driveways and on zig zag markings. The SNT will be patrolling the schools across the area and will be dealing with those committing offences.

Some parking myths:

 It’s ok to park on double yellow lines if it’s only for a few minutes

 Not true. Unless you have a disabled parking permit you are not permitted to park on double yellow lines at any time and the restrictions apply 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are a very few exceptions to this and there will be signs to indicate times/dates where it may be permitted. You could face a fine if you park illegally or you could even have your car towed away.

 I’ve only parked on the pavement to leave more room on the road

 Parking a vehicle on the pavement could lead to an offence of obstruction being committed. This could result in a fixed penalty notice being issued to offending vehicles. It can also cause danger / nuisance for pedestrians and wheelchairs users.

 I’m parked on a grass verge, so I should be ok

 Again, this is not always true. Vehicles cannot park, either fully or partly, on council-owned grass verges. Often there are local by-laws in place to prevent this, due to the damage vehicles can cause to grass or the need to keep access to properties clear. If the land is privately owned and the landowner gives permission, then you may be able to park on a grass verge lawfully.

 I’m dropping off my kids to school, so it’s ok to park on the zigzag lines outside.

 Please park considerately when dropping off children at schools. If you park on zigzag lines, you could be committing an offence of obstruction, be liable to a fine and even have your vehicle impounded.