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Parking problems and congestion: The school run begins

By Mblazeby  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

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As a new school year dawns, the British Car Auctions (BCA) has conducted new research into the pressure faced on parents and other motorists by school run traffic.

Illegal parking outside of school gates was seen by 57 per cent of motorists who complained about the congestion this practice caused.

A further 44 per cent of motorists said they had seen children and parents opening their car doors without checking to see if there was incoming traffic.

As a result, over half of affected parents and non-parents said they were in favour of schools creating drop-off areas to tackle congestion whilst 29 per cent think police officers should be on patrol to help tackle parking issues and arguments.

According to the research, 46 per cent of motorists drive their children to school because it is too far to walk whilst 38 per cent of motorists say unreliable public transport or lack of a school bus is another contributing factor. 

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