Pupils lay down their UNIFORMS in the street to stop parents parking badly on school run in Milton Keynes

Young pupils in Milton Keynes have launched a unique crackdown to put the brakes on their parents parking badly outside their school.

By Sally Murrer
Thursday, 13th February 2020, 11:55 am
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 11:56 am

The children from Shepherdswell Academy have been laying items of school uniform on the yellow zig zag lines to encourage the adults to drive more responsibly.

They say each uniform item represents a child - and this should shock the parents into taking more care.

The initiative was organised by members of the school council who conducted an experiment to discover how many cars were speeding past the Springfield school and how many were flouring the law by parking on the zig zag lines.

Each item of clothing represents a child, say the pupils

Year 2 pupil Robin Ridgwell said: “We are putting clothes out on the pavement to show parents that they shouldn’t be parking there and they need to slow down.”

The children have also been issuing ‘parking tickets’ to people who park on the kerb or the zig zag lines, and have a banner designed by the pupils themselves outside the school to

reiterate the message.

Elaine Noctor, family liaison officer at Shepherdswell Academy, said: “Members of our school council went out to conduct an experiment and to feedback on their findings about the speed in which cars where driving past the school, and parking on the zigzag lines.

They made a protest banner

“They placed a few items of school clothing on the zig zag lines and the kerb to represent a child. They then stood back and monitored the reactions of drivers. Several parents walking

past asked the children what they were doing.

“We have noticed an improvement since we started this last week. It’s something we’ll need to do every few weeks to keep reminding parents of the importance of parking responsibly.”

Hollie-Rose Charters, who is also in Year 2, said: “When we put the clothes down the cars did slow down, so it really worked.”

The children issued their own parking tickets