PARENTS have beaten up employable traffic cops for slapping parking tickets on their cars even when their engines are running.
Mums and dads at Newhall Park Primary School in Bradford told how parking attendants are “wild” outside the school, which has no drop-off or car park.
Parents claim the wardens even hand out parking tickets to those who stop to let pedestrians cross the street.
The Sun spoke to four parents who had been issued tickets in recent weeks, and many more shared how they witnessed other mums and dads being issued a ticket to park or stop for no more than a few seconds.
Kelly Parnell, who is having twins in the 6th grade, told how she got a ticket for pulling over to the side of the road to let some cars pass while her engine was still running.
She told The Sun: “I literally stopped to let a couple of other cars pass. I still had my belt on, my engine was running and they slapped a ticket on my car.
“I got out of the car and threw him the ticket.
“I was in tears”
“I told him I stopped to let cars pass… I ended up paying £70, which I couldn’t afford so close to Christmas.
“I had tears at school. I was having a bad year due to a death in the family, money was really tight and I was struggling but the school said it had nothing to do with them.
“The school still has a large car park, unless there are special circumstances where you can’t go.”
Joanne Wright, who has a 10-year-old at the school, told The Sun: “I was fined two weeks ago just for literally pulling up at the zig zag lines, sitting in my car and my son watched him cross the street at school.
“The guy said to me, ‘You can’t come over there’. I said, ‘It’s not my fault that I have to make sure my kid gets to school safely.’
Don’t park anywhere else
“There’s nowhere else to park and I can’t drop it half a mile down the road.
“You used to be able to go into the school car park and drop kids off there, but now that’s only for disabled kids, which is fair enough, but it’s up to the school to provide a drop off point for the rest of us.
“If I put my son down there and let him come up, anything could happen. He’s 10 and he has absolutely no street sense. At least if I put him down here I can look through the window and make sure he gets over safely.”
Aisha Meskiri, who has a son in 5th grade, revealed that she was fined for stopping for a few seconds to let someone cross the street.
“I stopped to let people cross”
“I pulled into the road and started following the road when my kid came out the gate,” she said.
“He jumped in the car when I was stopped and allowed people to cross the street. I received the parking fine in the mail… I have appealed this and am waiting for them to respond to my appeal.
“I don’t live near the school, so driving is my only option.”
Other parents said they had to get to the school an hour before the pickup to get one of the few available street parking spaces.
Courtney Nelson, who has a son in 6th grade, said: “Parents get tickets here all the time because there is no parking.
“I come here an hour early at 2pm for a pick up to make sure we don’t stand on yellow lines just so we can get the kids out.
“We have to be here by 2 p.m. because at 10 past two it’s absolute chaos.
“I’ve seen people pull up for just a few seconds and have a ticket.
“My son has a disability, but because we don’t have a blue badge, they won’t let me out in the school parking lot.
“The traffic cops are wild here – they really are.”
A father who got a ticket in his car while his wife went out to pick up their young son said he accepted his fine and agreed that something needed to be done to tackle air pollution around schools .
“Price You Must Pay”
Michael Omotosho said: “I got a ticket and wasn’t happy about it, but when you’re trying to reduce air pollution in a school environment, that’s the price you have to pay.
“When I got a ticket I was literally still in the car – my wife had just got out. I was upset but I understand. There is a sign that says no stopping, so I broke the rules.”
“I understand why people are angry, but I think we have to look for solutions.”
The school is said to be part of an initiative called School Streets, which sees roads around schools closed during pick-up and drop-off.
But The Sun saw little signage and cars drove up and down the road at both restricted times, seemingly unaware of the closure.
Parents told The Sun the scheme was tried out for a few weeks last year but worsened the situation and caused traffic problems on adjacent roads.
Councilor Matt Edwards said the scheme had “completely failed” at Newhall Park Primary.
Bradford Council said only police have the power to enforce restrictions and “any presence of school or council staff is intended to encourage compliance”.
A Bradford Council spokesman said: “Creating roads around schools that are clean and safe for pupils is something parents, teachers and the council all want.
“That’s why we piloted the School Streets Scheme.
“Although the program has generally been successful in reducing the number of cars near schools, we know there are aspects that we need to develop.
“So we are working with schools to see what we can learn from the pilot and how best to make the program work using best practice guidance and shared experiences with other local authorities.”
The Headmaster of Newhall Park Primary School said: “The safety and long-term health of our students is of paramount importance. We are working with colleagues on the council to consider how to manage the roads around the school in a way that is best for our students.”
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