Parents who park illegally when dropping their kids to school could face hefty fines from Gardaí

by Sylvia Pownall

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Parents who flout the law and park illegally when dropping their kids to school could be slapped with hefty fines as gardai step up enforcement.

Fingal County Council is set to request that An Garda Siochana mount a vigorous campaign outside schools in Dublin 15 in the New Year.

Solidarity Cllr Sandra Kavanagh called for action to safeguard children and to tackle “the dangerous and irresponsible parking” outside St Philip’s School in Mountview.

She also called for measures to be put in place along the Shelerin Road “to address the very serious health and safety concerns for both pupils and crossing wardens”.

Cllr Kavanagh told an area meeting of the council: “At the crossing the warden would say that cars come up and go around her because they get fed up waiting.

“They are stopping on double yellow lines half way up on the path. I can see an accident happening because there is just complete and utter disregard for road markings.”

Council officials said the area around the entrance to the school has all the necessary road markings including yellow box junctions, school crossing markings and double yellow lines.

The local authority recently upgraded the school warden crossing on Shelerin Road as part of the 2018 programme of works. A report indicated that gardai have powers of enforcement which do not require statutory signage or road markings.

Cllr Paul Donnelly (SF) said there was little more the council could do since it had installed plastic bollards along the road for some distance either side of the school.

He added: “I find it astonishing that people are going to park in an area that will put children in danger. It’s pretty much every school you pass.

“If they could park on the school wardens they would. It’s utterly frustrating”

Cllr Tania Doyle (Ind) said gardai should police the area more and Cllr Howard Mahony agreed, suggesting community gardai could monitor the situation.

Solidarity Cllr Matt Waine said he had witnessed wardens who challenged people parking illegally being “verbally abused and threatened”. He called for gardai to take a month-long action outside the school and issue fines.

Officials agreed that the problem now seemed to be “universal” and the behaviour of parents needs to change. The council will raise the issue with An Garda Siochana.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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