Crack­down on school park­ing

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

Po­lice in Kirk­caldy have stepped up their ef­forts to tackle prob­lem park­ing out­side a school in the town by is­su­ing a new plea di­rectly to par­ents.

School li­ai­son of­fi­cers have writ­ten to par­ents and guardians of chil­dren at Tor­bain Pri­mary in re­sponse to grow­ing con­cerns over peo­ple park­ing il­le­gally or thought­lessly when drop­ping off and up­lift­ing young­sters at the start and close of the school day.

Pre­vi­ous ef­forts to al­le­vi­ate the prob­lem have not worked as well as hoped and now the po­lice have de­cided to get tough.

“We are sure you will agree the safety of chil­dren is para­mount,” the let­ter reads.

“The park­ing re­stric­tions are in place to keep the chil­dren safe and it is the duty of par­ents or guardians and other driv­ers to com­ply with these re­stric­tions, al­low­ing the jour­ney to school to re­main a safe one.

“Whilst we, as your lo­cal com­mu­nity school li­ai­son of­fi­cers, would rather ed­u­cate driv­ers and al­low dis­cre­tion at times, it ap­pears that pre­vi­ous let­ters and ad­vice given is not be­ing as ef­fec­tive as we would like and we still con­tinue to get com­plaints from mem­bers of the pub­lic.”

Par­ents have been re­minded it is an of­fence to park at a bus stop, while no park­ing is al­lowed within the con­fines of zig-zag lines and chevrons.

It is also an of­fence for a ve­hi­cle to park on or par­tially on the pave­ment.

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