Parents facing fines for drop-offs

Parents can now be taken to court and given a criminal record if they are caught dropping their children outside the school gate three times.

Primary schools are beginning to take serious action against this offence, using their teachers as traffic wardens and handing out £100 fines for parents breaking the ban.

Council officials have stated the elimination of parents stopping outside school gates in their cars will help protect children from ‘dangerous driving’ by their parents.

However, not everyone agrees with the newly imposed rules, with critics calling the ‘draconian’ powers ‘disproportionate’ and others commenting that town halls are merely inventing crimes.

Schools are providing training for parents so they can also hand out fines, and officials at Havering, East London are handing out Public Space Protection Orders – which is the first time they have been used in the UK.

These orders are used for anti-social behaviour which is detrimental to the community, and some officials strongly believe this issue is causing the surrounding area harm.

Una Connolly, head of Wykeham Primary school in Romford, said: “There have been a number of serious incidents involving dangerous driving by parents.

“The only way we’re going to stop these parents, and it’s only a small minority, is by prosecution.”

Nevertheless, Josie Appleton, of the Manifesto Club, which campaigns against over-regulation, said: “These are scarily blank-cheque powers which allow councils to invent crimes about anything they judge annoying or antisocial.

“The result is to criminalise the innocent and waste police time and distract police from genuine criminal offences.”

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

February 2, 2016

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