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Parking: Schools

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance has been issued to local highway authorities by her Department on (a) charging parents to drop their children off outside schools and (b) restricting the provision of parking places near schools. (205403)

We have not issued any specific guidance on these aspects of parking. The Department's “School travel strategies and plans: a best practice guide for local authorities” identified the imposition of parking restrictions as one of several measures that local authorities should consider when providing safer routes to schools, and it gave examples of local authorities that had used such controls as part of their traffic management strategies. There are powers in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 that enable local authorities to introduce parking controls (including any associated charges) where they consider it appropriate.