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2014-02-11 08:58

SCHOOL PARKING CHOAS: Picking up or dropping your kids at school can be chaotic but ignoring the rules of the road is irresponsible. Image: SHUTTERSTOCK:

Wheels24 reader JAN SWANEPOEL believes that parents who disobey the rules of the road when picking up or dropping off their children at schools should be fined.

Red or yellow No Stopping/No Parking signs are ignored, children running around - school-run parking can be a nightmare in South Africa. This problem becomes much worse in the afternoon  when parents arrive at school early and need to wait for their children.

The problem exists in the UK, too, where jagged painted lines demarcate No Parking areas. Vehicle sales company Motorpoint conducted a survey and reported that almost 90% of drivers would support proposals to fine parents who park illegally during the school year.       

Wheels24 reader JAN SWANEPOEL shares his thoughts:

I fully agree that these parents must be fined. We have to be wide awake at the Laerskool Kruinsig in Glenmarais, Kempton Park.

Parents dropping their children or picking them up, cross solid white lines and park on the wrong side of the road.

While departing, they’ll make a u-turn again over the solid white line or just drive over to get on the correct side of the road.

What are these parents teaching their children?

It becomes worse if you try to comment about their bad driving. The words coming from that parent in front of his/her children and from other children and parents, you can’t repeat.

Unfortunately I have never seen any Metro Police ever in the morning or afternoon to fine these parents.

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