We had a local resident call into school, expressing concern over car parking and child safety. The two main issues discussed involved:
Running of the engine whilst stationary
Children having their view obstructed and/or not taking sufficient care when crossing behind a vehicle
Please note, as you may be unaware, that it is an offence to have an engine running when parked up on the highway. This is known as stationary idling, causes exhaust fumes to build up around the rear of the vehicle, is illegal under Section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and is contrary to Rule 123 of the Highway Code. Anyone caught committing this offence can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.
We have had a report of a vehicle parked up and engine running on Fernham Drive where pupils are crossing the road, sometimes to the immediate rear of the car. Could you please reiterate to your children to take care when crossing the roads and not to cross immediately behind a vehicle due to potential exhaust emissions and the risk of not being seen by other drivers.