As kids get ready to head back to the classroom, the City of Bayswater is reminding residents of safe parking practices around schools. The City's Rangers will be visiting schools every day from 4 February at pick-up and drop-off times to promote safe parking.
Mayor Dan Bull reminded drivers that parking rules are put in place to help keep children safe.
"Children are vulnerable road users. They don't have the same judgment when it comes to speed and distance and can become easily confused in busy traffic.
"Our Rangers work hard to keep our children safe during busy school pick-up and drop-off times. You will see the Rangers visiting a different school each day, reminding drivers of their responsibility."
“We ask that parents and guardians familiarise themselves with, and adhere to, the parking signs and restrictions at their school.
"Kiss and drive zones are for a two minute stop only, and are designed to ease traffic congestion.
"Cars parked in no stopping zones or double-parked can force children to zigzag through a maze of vehicles which is particularly unsafe.
"Where possible, I would certainly encourage parents and guardians to walk their children to school instead or consider car-pooling with other families."
The City asks drivers to follow these rules to help keep children safe:
- Familiarise yourself with the parking restrictions around your school and follow them.
- Use the kiss-and-drive facility where possible.
- Drive slowly and be aware of pedestrians.Consider parking a short distance from school and walk with your child instead.
- Consider carpooling, riding or walking to school.
- Be courteous and patient.
- Contact the City's Rangers and Security Team on 1300 360 333 to report parking issues.
- Park in a 'No Stopping' or 'No Parking' area. This can restrict the flow of traffic causing traffic jams.
- Park on footpaths, driveways or verges. This causes pedestrians to walk on the road which can put them in harm's way.
- Double park. This obstructs to the flow of traffic and can block vehicles that are parked correctly.