Double parking in school zones creates dangerous situations

Dubbo Regional Council is reminding parents and carers to exercise caution and patience when dropping off or collecting children from school as Term Four resumes on Monday.

Recent feedback from both motorists and pedestrians using school zones suggest children’s safety around schools is being greatly comprised by poor driver behaviour.

“Double parking in a school zone appears to be the most common offence” said Dubbo Regional Council’s Road Safety Officer, Jayne Bleechmore “This is extremely dangerous for any passenger alighting a vehicle let alone small children who are difficult to see and whose movements can be unpredictable”

Ms Bleechmore advised parents and carers to take the time to find a legal and safe car park before letting children out of the vehicle and also to remind children to exit the vehicle from the kerb side if parallel parked, not from the driver’s side.

“Potential consequences of children getting out of cars amidst traffic is frightening, let alone children who are alighting cars on the traffic side of a double-parked vehicle”.

Illegal parking and/or stopping in school zones creates dangerous situations and brings with it some heavy fines as follows:

  • No Stopping - means you cannot stop in this area for any reason - $325 fine plus 2 demerit points.
  • No Parking – means you can stop here for a maximum of two minutes to drop off or pick up passengers and you must stay within three metres of your car at all times - $180 fine plus 2 demerit points.
  • Bus Zone – School Days – means you must not stop or park your vehicle in a designated school bus zone between 8.00 am and 9.30 am or between 2.30 pm and 4.00 pm - $325 fine plus 2 demerit points.
  • Stop on or near a pedestrian crossing (school zone) - $433 fine plus 2 demerit points.
  • Double parking (school zone) - $325 fine plus 2 demerit points.
  • Parking in a disabled zone without current mobility parking permit displayed - $541 plus 1 demerit point

Ms Bleechmore also reminded parents and carers to abide by School Zone speed limits of 40 km/h from 8.00 am to 9.30 am in the mornings and 2.30 pm and 4.00 pm in the afternoons.   Please note that Dubbo’s Mian School in Bultje Street however has a different enforceable afternoon School Speed Zone time of 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm. 

Media Contact:  Dubbo Regional Council’s Road Safety Officer, Jayne Bleechmore on 0417 667 984

Last Edited: 07 Oct 2016

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