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Illegal parking on zig-zag lines near schools remains a concern

Despite claims that there could be hundreds of drivers parking illegally outside Cumbrian schools, less than 20 were given parking tickets, new data has found.

A Freedom of Information request revealed that just 15 drivers in Carlisle were given tickets for parking on yellow zig-zag lines near schools last year. Only three motorists in Eden were handed tickets, the data found, while none were issued in Allerdale.

While the local council states that the majority of parents park safely, road safety campaigners are becoming increasingly concerned about those who flout the rules near schools, putting lives at risk.

Campaigns have now been launched in a bid to tackle the issue after illegal parking was seen at two schools in Carlisle – Belle Vue and Scotby.

Caldew community officer, PC Lindsay Taggart, told the News and Star that she was “quite honestly shocked” at the amount of motorist who had a “total disregard” for safety at the Scotby school.

PSCO Ben Lane at Belle Vue school, added: “Parents are choosing to park their vehicles across local residents’ driveways, double yellow lines and junctions. These issues are putting pedestrians, including young children, at increased risk.”

Axa Insurance research recently found that drivers are seen parked on these yellow zig-zag lines at least once a week.

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