Motorists warned to keep clear of zigzag lines outside schools

Merton Council will be starting the new term by stepping up enforcement on motorists who stop on zigzag lines outside schools.

Following concerns from parents and residents about safety and air pollution, council enforcement officers will be using automatic number plate recognition, in addition to the mobile CCTV car that is already used, to enforce against motorists stopping on zigzag lines when the schools go back next week. 

Drivers caught stopping on zigzag lines are liable for a £110 penalty charge, which is reduced to £55 if paid within 14 days. Signs outside each school state what hours the keep clear restrictions are in force.

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Councillor Tobin Byers, said: “Motorists who stop on zigzag lines outside schools not only compromise the safety of other children and their parents who are trying to cross the road, but also increase air pollution around the school gates by leaving the engine running while they drop off or pick up passengers.

“We want to take this opportunity at the start of the new school term to step up enforcement to deter motorists from stopping on zigzag lines and to encourage more parents to walk their children to school rather than drive.”