A new strategy is in place that will work toward safer school zones.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

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The start of the school year has come around quickly with more than 300 Brisbane schools back into the swing of things. While many parents may be secretly rejoicing that school holidays are over, the start of the school year is a timely reminder about the importance of safety on the streets around our schools.

Sometimes our school zones can become “war zones”, marred by illegal parking and other unsafe driving behaviour. To coincide with the start of term one, I have announced a new strategy that will work toward safer school zones for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and students.

Our school parking strategy is a direct outcome of the Parking Taskforce’s recommendations about managing and enforcing school traffic zones.

As part of this strategy council will work with all schools to develop traffic management plans tailored to their needs, creating safer parking areas and implementing educational programs that will highlight safe parking practices.

We will be looking at creating standardised, clearer signage for drop-off zones at schools right across the city so there is no mistaking where parents can drop off their children or park.

We are also rolling out eight new high visibility traffic enforcement vehicles — the first of their kind for council. These high visibility vehicles will be used at schools as a reminder to parents about the importance of parking safely, not in dangerous and illegal spots that are not designated for parking.

This is about taking a proactive approach to making the streets around our schools a much safer place. Schools, parents, residents and P&C Association of Queensland have all identified the need for more enforcement of non-compliance in school drop-off zones, to protect our students.

Council has experienced a 25 per cent increase in the number of complaints requesting action on parking enforcement, particularly in areas of high-volume traffic such as school zones.

For more information about parking in Brisbane, click here, call council on 3403 8888 or you can also email me at lordmayor@bmedia.media.