§ Dr. Wright
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what are the existing guidelines regarding car parking restrictions outside schools; how the restrictions are enforced; what changes are planned to ensure more effective road safety outside schools; and in what timescale.
§ Mr. Key
Traffic conditions outside schools vary widely, from busy main roads to quiet back streets. Our 105W advice to local authorities is that road safety measures need to be tailored to the individual circumstances. Such measures may include traffic calming techniques or 20 mph speed limits. Mandatory parking or stopping restrictions may sometimes be appropriate and enforcement of them would be the responsibility of the police, except in London where increasingly the boroughs are taking this on. In most cases however advisory "keep clear" markings on the road are sufficiently effective. Comparatively few accidents happen outside school entrances, and we have no plans for new central initiatives on this subject.