Mayor’s primary parking plea
THE City of Gosnells is urging parents of primary school children to avoid parking on footpaths and residential verges.
School returned last week and City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle said drivers could cause accidents near schools if they parked in incorrect places.
“Our rangers aren’t monitoring illegal parking for fun, they’re working to keep you and your children safe,” she said.
“In the past, rangers have reported abusive behaviour from parents who were asked to move their illegally-parked cars during school drop-off and pick-up times.
“At the start and end of the school day, otherwise quiet residential streets are flooded with children, parents, teachers, cars and buses, and one illegally parked car blocking the views of drivers and pedestrians could have fatal consequences.”
Schools have been given information about safe parking and they have been offered ranger visits to classrooms and rangers to monitor parking.
Cr Searle said children could be difficult for drivers to see. They were still learning the dangers of the road and often excited or distracted.
She advised drivers to arrive early, try walking to school or take advantage of the kiss-andride facilities.