Council drives out dangerous parking at schools

Council is ramping up traffic safety around schools for the first term of the year by working with schools to implement and enforce safety measures.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council had so far worked with 140 Brisbane schools, helping them to identify and resolve their traffic management issues through a Traffic Management Plan, as well as developing innovative solutions to manage emerging issues.

“Since the program launched in 2009, close to 50 Brisbane schools have benefited from infrastructure improvements such as pedestrian crossings, footpaths and improved signage following the completion of their traffic plan,” Cr Quirk said.

“This financial year we are investing more than $1.3 million to help a further 13 schools carry out safety improvements, including pedestrian crossing facilities and drop-off zones to help our children travel safely to and from school.

“A further five schools will benefit from the installation of high-visibility school zones along busy multi-lane roads, as part of a $280,000 investment to improve motorist awareness around schools.”

Cr Quirk said Council was committed to road safety around our schools, to help students, parents and the local school community move safely around schools.

“With students heading back to school next week, it is a timely reminder to all parents to ensure they are parking safely and legally during pick-up and drop-off times,” he said.

“During Term One, Council will be out in force at 60 schools that have self-nominated, or have been community-nominated, for additional safety patrols by Council to ensure parents are parking safely and legally.

“Since 2017, Council has more than doubled the number of enforcement officers patrolling during school times in response to the large number of requests that Council receives from schools and the community.

“Council will have ten parking enforcements officers regularly visiting these school zones in high-visibility vehicles, to issue warnings and fines to drivers who are failing to park safely during school times.”