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Nearly 500 parking fines handed out near schools in Bedford in just eight months

Nearly 500 parking fines handed out near schools in Bedford in just eight months

More than 480 parking fines have been handed out in just eight months outside schools across the Bedford area. Bedford Council introduced Bedford Borough Council Parking Patrol in November 2021 in an effort to disuade people from parking illegally near schools during the school run.

Since its introduction, 483 fines have been handed out to those parking on either on double yellow lines or on the zig-zag keep clear lines near schools. Bedford Borough Council say these fines are being made to protect “school children, parents and other pedestrians.”

The fines are in addition to the ‘Parking Buddy’ scheme. The Council has installed 63 Parking Buddies across 15 schools so far. These buddies remind drivers to park considerately, and thank those who walk and cycle to school.

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Mayor Dave Hodgson said “Parking restrictions are in place to keep school children, staff, pedestrians, cyclists and other road users safe. Dangerous and illegal parking outside schools is not acceptable and we are taking action against it.

“Our council enforcement officers are committed to keeping people safe and I congratulate them on their dedication, often in spite of aggressive behaviour from parents.

“Our parking buddies are there to remind parents of their responsibility to keep children safe, and consider their driving habits when parking near schools. Please, do remember park safely and lawfully and help keep our roads safe.”

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