School Parking Guidelines
Find out about how the Shire’s Rangers are working with local schools to ensure the safety of our children.
The Shire is committed to working with our community to ensure the safety of all children around school zones, particularly during pick up and drop off times.
Schools are areas where there is a lot of interaction between cars and your children. Children are small, hard to see, behave unpredictably, and are extremely vulnerable. Their lack of road sense means it is difficult for them to judge dangerous situations. Knowing the parking arrangements and road conditions around your school and teaching your children to be safe around traffic will help to keep them safe.
Common school parking issues that our Rangers are currently targeting
- Parking on, over or obstructing footpath or pedestrian crossing
- Stopping where yellow ‘no stopping’ lines are painted
- Parking against the flow of traffic, ensure you park in the direction that traffic is flowing
- Parking or stopping contrary to signs or limitations, e.g. stopping on road or verge, where upright signs say ‘no stopping road or verge’ or parking in a drop off zone.
- Double parking, parking on a carriageway parallel to a vehicle already parked on that side of the carriageway.
- Parking obstructing access to driveway.
- Parking within 10 metres of intersections.
- Stopping in a bus bay or 20m approach side/10m departure side of bus stop.
Rangers regularly patrol our schools during pick up and drop off times to encourage the safe flow of traffic. If vehicles are found to be parking contrary to the Shire’s Parking and Parking Facilities Local Law 2014 owners/drivers will be issued a parking infringement.
Seven school pick-up safety tips
- Set a good example. Parents/caregivers are the best teachers of responsible road safety.
- Children up to eight years old should hold an adult's hand on the footpath, in the car park or when crossing the road.
- Children up to ten years old should be actively supervised around traffic and should hold an adult's hand when crossing the road.
- Take the time to make sure your children are aware of, understand and follow traffic safety regulations when they are walking.
- Teach your children to be aware of their environment: e.g. wearing headphones or getting distracted by playing with friends on the way to or from school can make them more vulnerable to accidents.
- Make sure your driving and parking are not endangering your own or others' children. Obey all parking signs and speed limits, and always be on the lookout for the unexpected. Many traffic safety issues around schools arise from the driving and parking behaviour of parents.
- Never call your child across the road.
Tips to plan after school pickup with your children
- When and where you will be after school?
- Where should your child wait?
- Make sure they know not to try and get into your vehicle while it is still in traffic, even if you are stopped, they should wait until you have parked.
- Actively encourage your school to have some arrangements in place to help you collect your children.