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Park Smart: Parking outside of schools - Guidance for parents and carers

What we're doing to make the roads outside schools safer places for you and your child

When schools return in September 2014 you may see a car equipped with a camera outside the school gates.

This is in response to requests from many of you for increased enforcement. The car is designed to make sure that people do not park where they shouldn't, so they can avoid putting children at risk of injury. 

People who don't follow the rules will be issued with a penalty charge notice.

We know that the school run can be a stressful time. The last thing we want to do is make it harder, but it's really important for everyone's safety that you observe the rules and park safely. That's why it's a good idea to get to school early and look for somewhere safe and legal to park.

If you need advice on where to park please talk to your school or to the Council on 0191 424 7900.

Can I park on double and single yellow lines?

Please avoid parking on any yellow lines. Cars parked there can obstruct lines of sight for pedestrians who want to cross the road. Any car left unattended on a single or double yellow line for more than five minutes will be issued with a penalty charge notice.

Can I park on school keep clear markings?

No. In the interests of safety you should never park on those markings. Any vehicle found on them can be issued with a penalty charge notice. This also applies to Blue Badge Holders.

Can I double park if I remain in my vehicle?

No. Doing so causes an obstruction for other road users and is a danger to pedestrians. Any motorist causing an obstruction or double-parked will be asked to move on. If you don't move on then action will be taken.

Have you thought about other ways of getting to and from school?

Perhaps your child could walk, travel by bike or take the bus or the Metro?

You can find out more about what other schools across Tyne and Wear are doing by visiting Go Smarter

More information

If you have a question about parking enforcement in your area, please contact South Tyneside's Parking Services section on 0191 424 7900 or

If the matter is a road safety issue outside your local school, please contact South Tyneside Council's Road Safety Team on 0191 424 7613.

For all other enquiries or concerns please contact South Tyneside Council on 0191 427 7000 or

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