Park safe, Walk safe
Advice on parking responsibly and safely near schools.
If you need to drive your child to school, for the safety of your child, their friends and the local community, we request that you park safely, legally and considerately. There may be road safety engineering schemes and parking restrictions outside your school to encourage good driver behaviour.
Consider parking further away from the school and walking the last 5 or 10 minutes. Walking to school is good for your health and means there is less congestion outside the school, improving air quality and safety around your school, and you get to spend more time with your children!
The measures described on this page usually work best as part of a concerted effort by a school or parents to address the issues of illegal, inconsiderate and unsafe parking and poor driver behaviour outside your school. This is best achieved through updating your School's Travel Plan.
- Tackling parking issues - enforcement
- Tackling parking issues - changing behaviour
- Park safe, Walk safe campaign resources
- Park & Stride
- Park safe, Walk safe banners and posters
- Park safe, Walk safe postcards
- Parking restrictions
- School Keep Clears
Contact the School Travel Team for more information by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (01273) 293704
Tackling parking issues - enforcement
To report parking problems outside your school, call Parking Enforcement on 0345 603 5469 and select option 2 to leave a message, or send them an email . Alternatively, you can call the police on their non-emergency number: 101 or use Operation Crackdown to report anti-social driving to Sussex Police.
Civil Enforcement Officers can, and do issue instant Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) to drivers stopping on the parking restrictions outside schools. This means that the car registration details are logged together with a photo and the driver then receives a PCN through the post.
Worn road markings that need repainting can be reported to by emailing: email@example.com
Some schools ask parents to sign a 'Travel to School' pledge or agreement [editable Word version 389KB] as part of their School Travel Plan which lays out the specific concerns at their school and also suggests alternative ways for getting to school, including trying more active travel options such as Park & Stride and walking, scooting or cycling. See the Park safe, Walk safe resources below for more ideas.
Park safe, Walk safe campaign resources
Do you have problems with parents and carers stopping on or near the yellow zig zag lines or the road outside your school? Do you have a number of parents who can’t walk to school due to the distance they live from school or because they need the car for an onward journey to work or another school?
These resources, designed for schools to use, focus on the need to keep the school entrance safe and congestion free by encouraging safe driving behaviour. They also seek to encourage parents and pupils to walk to school, even if it is only the last 5 or 10 minutes.
Below are template documents for schools to adapt and use as part of a behaviour change campaign or as stand alone activities.
- Campaign planning timetable [PDF 370KB]
- Traffic count survey [PDF 87.5KB]
- Letter to local businesses [PDF 120KB] [Word version]
- Banner design guide [PDF 150KB]
- Competition promotion leaflet [PDF 210KB] [Word version]
- Park and Stride promotion leaflet [PDF 200KB] [Word version]
- Conversation with drivers [PDF 170KB] [Word version]
- Letter to parent drivers [PDF 165KB] [Word version]
- Travel to School' pledge or agreement [editable Word version 389KB]
Park & Stride
Park & Stride (pack) (PDF 821kb) simply means driving some of the way to school, parking up away from the school entrance and walking the rest of the way. This campaign pack gives information about how to set up a scheme, and you may find this complementary information about Walking Zones useful.
Park & Stride is particularly good for families that live a long way from school and can’t walk the whole way. It has the added benefit of reducing congestion around the school entrance, making it safer for children to enter their school. You can borrow a banner or print a poster to promote this scheme.
Park safe, Walk safe banners and posters
Schools can borrow parking banners to display to drivers who don't park safely, legally or considerately, for example, by parking on double and single yellow lines, the white zig zags on pedestrian crossings, corners near your school, or double park. Park safely, park legally banner (PDF 513kb) and Stopping here is illegal banner (PDF 518kb). Also available are red, amber and green banners for School Keep Clear zig zags with the following messages or for a more positive message you can borrow the 'Try Park & Stride' banner shown above or 'Try Park & Stride' (PDF 1.1mb) or 'Park Safe' (PDF 1.2mb) posters which can be printed off and displayed in your school, local shops and businesses, and community venues. Hard copies (approx 60cm x 35cm) are also available from the School Travel Team.
Schools can order free postcards (A5 size) to give to parents as part of a 'Park Safe, Walk Safe' campaign to improve driver behaviour outside their school entrance and to offer alternatives to driving to school. The messages are directed at School Keep Clears (PDF 382kb) and a more general Park Safe, Walk Safe (PDF 895kb).
Know your parking restrictions
There are many different types of parking restrictions in Brighton & Hove and here are the most common relating to schools:
Most bus stops have a 'no stopping' order for all other vehicles
Pedestrian crossings - the white zig zag restrictions are provided for safety reasons to prohibit waiting or parking and to ensure clear sight lines for both motorists and pedestrians. The Police can issue a fixed charge notice for an infringement, which also carries penalty points as well as a fine, and Civil Enforcement Officers (parking attendants) can issue a Penalty Charge Notice.
If you do not obey a parking restriction you may receive a penalty charge notice. Take a look at our top 10 tips for avoiding a Penalty Charge Notice.
School Keep Clears
What are school keep clears for?
For safety - to ensure clear sight lines for both motorists and children, as well as for other road users, outside schools. They provide a clear area in which families can cross more safely. The no stopping times on the yellow zig zags outside most school entrances are 8am - 6pm, Monday to Friday, except August.
No Stopping, No Excuses
No vehicles, including vehicles showing a Disabled Person’s Blue Badge, are permitted to stop within the area of the markings during the times and dates the restriction is in force, even for picking up or setting down of passengers. Also, you must not load or unload within this restricted area during this time.
If the school lies within a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) then the School Keep Clear section will also be covered by a double yellow line restriction which prohibits parking within the School Keep Clear zone at any time of the day or night, year round.
If you stop on the School Keep Clears you will be liable for a penalty charge notice of £70 (information correct as of May 2017)