School parking enforcement
Dorset Avenue trial
In Dorset Avenue, Romford we are carrying out enforcement of all vehicles parked across dropped kerbs between the hours of 8am-9:30am and 2:30pm-4pm on school days. This is on a trial basis until the end of the school year (late July 2018).
Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) around some schools
There are a number of road markings around our schools that show you where you can and can't park.
Some of our schools have extra measures to prevent illegal parking as they are part of a school Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) scheme.
We use PSPOs around a number of local primary and infant schools to prevent illegal parking when dropping off and picking up children. If you do park illegally you will be issued with a fine known as a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).
About the fine - Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)
Any vehicle seen stopping to drop off or pick up school children during the prohibited hours within the designated zones will be monitored by cameras or Enforcement Officers, which may result in the issuance of an FPN for £100.
Unlike a Parking Penalty Charge Notice, there is no right of appeal to the Council or a tribunal, although you may be given the opportunity to explain why a prosecution should not arise.
If you challenge the allegation, a date for the case to be heard by magistrates will be sought and sent to you by summons.
Details of how to pay or contest your fine can be found on the FPN given to you, or received through the post and there will be no prosecution if paid within 14 days of being issued.
People who do not pay FPNs, and those who offend persistently, may be prosecuted and face a fine of up to £1,000 and a criminal record.
You can view video evidence of the FPN. You will need the FPN number, vehicle registration number and the web code to use the online system. Those details are provided with the FPN.
Schools in the school PSPO scheme and their zones
- Engayne Primary School PSPO zone information - We are currently consulting on the proposed revision to Engayne's Public Space Protection Order zone. Have your say
- Oglethorpe Primary School PSPO zone information
- Parsonage Primary School PSPO zone information
- Wykenham Primary School PSPO zone information
Enforced hours and how we monitor
School PSPOs are enforced between 8am and 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm. These are the main hours for drop off and pick up from the schools in the zones.
The PSPOs are enforced by Council Enforcement Officers. We also use CCTV cameras and automatic number plate recognition software. Cameras will only be used during the enforced hours.
There are exemptions to the school PSPOs such as Blue Badge holders, children who are registered disabled or those with a medical condition. Read the exemption criteria document to see if you qualify and what you will need to tell us to confirm your exemption. Information regarding any exemption needs to be provided to the school.
Resident parking, visitors and deliveries in the zone
The PSPO is designed to stop inconsiderate parking and dangerous driving in the interest of improving road safety for children and vulnerable adults.
You can carry out your normal routine to pick up parents, friends or clients and accept deliveries and visitors in the PSPO zone during the restricted times, providing you park legally.
You are allowed to continue legally parking outside of your house in any parking bay, or on unrestricted carriageway within the zone as long as you are not dropping off or picking up children.
Schools applying for a PSPO
Schools interested in being considered for a PSPO scheme will need to satisfy the criteria set by the School Safety PSPO Application Policy and fill in the application form attached as appendix B.
The policy is currently under revision. For more information please use the email address below.