Problem parking at primary schools in Teignmouth is being helped thanks to new rules to enforce restrictions on yellow zig-zags.
The high-visibility yellow lines are designed to restrict parking in places where it may be dangerous to children and other road users, but a loophole in local road orders had been making it impossible for Civil Enforcement Officers to issue tickets.
Now that loophole has been closed by Devon County Council following the introduction of new Traffic Orders and signs which make zig-zags at primary schools enforceable. Teignbridge District Council’s Civil Enforcement Officers will do the enforcement work on behalf of the county, and will be supported by policing teams in raising awareness of the rules and taking action.
The changes mean that anyone parking on yellow zig-zags at schools throughout the town could face a £70 Penalty Charge Notice. The rules now apply at all three primary schools in Teignmouth, along with Trinity School and the schools in Stokeinteignhead and Bishopsteignton.
PCSO Ann Haywood from Teignmouth Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “An irresponsible minority of parents have been causing problems with their parking, and when I’ve given talks at schools about the risks there are always a few people who meet it with shrugs and an attitude of ‘You can’t enforce it.’
“As a result I approached the county council, who have been very helpful in getting the technicalities sorted. I felt it was important for parents to know of the changes in legislation and the potential of a fine if parked illegally. These regulations are in place for the safety of your children which I’m sure is yours and my priority.”