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Bedford Borough Council issues nearly 500 tickets for illegal parking outside schools

June 27, 2022 8:00 AM
Originally published by Dave Hodgson - Mayor of Bedford Borough

Mayor Dave with parking patrol team and Camestone studentsBedford Borough Council Parking Patrol has already issued 483 parking fines to people parked illegally outside local schools since they started visiting schools during drop off and pick up.

Introduced in November 2021 the Parking Patrol vehicle visits schools around the Borough during drop off and pick up times. Fines are issued to parents parked illegally at locations where danger is caused to school children, parents and other pedestrians either on double yellow lines or on the zig-zag keep clear lines.

The Council has also installed 63 Parking Buddies across 15 schools so far. These buddies remind drivers to park considerately, and thank those who walk and cycle to school.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said "Parking restrictions are in place to keep school children, staff, pedestrians, cyclists and other road users safe. Dangerous and illegal parking outside schools is not acceptable and we are taking action against it. Our council enforcement officers are committed to keeping people safe and I congratulate them on their dedication, often in spite of aggressive behaviour from parents. Our parking buddies are there to remind parents of their responsibility to keep children safe, and consider their driving habits when parking near schools. Please, do remember park safely and lawfully and help keep our roads safe."