Review team to consider pupil safety

A comprehensive review into road safety around schools in North Lanarkshire is to take place

Parking outside school gates

It will look at ways to improve road safety on the journey to school including lowering speed limits in streets surrounding schools and introducing mandatory parking regulations.

The review will be led by Cllr Michael McPake, Convener of Environment and Transportation, he explained: "The safety of all our pupils is an absolute priority and we'll work together to look at ways in which road safety can be improved.

"We'll consider new ways in which we can promote road safety on school journeys by raising awareness, and identifying responsibilities - including reminding parents and carers to drive appropriately and park responsibly.

"Ultimately it's about working in partnership with parents to make journeys to and from school as safely as possible for our young people."

The review team will include senior council staff, councillors from various political groups and a representative from Police Scotland.

It follows two motions from Councillor Stubbs and Councillor Goldie at a meeting of the full council on Thursday 19 December:

  • This Council believes that the safety of children and young people is paramount and agrees to introduce mandatory 20 mile per hour speed limits in all streets immediately surrounding all schools in North Lanarkshire, to be in force at the times when children and young people are travelling to and from school, and indicated with flashing lights on signs.
  • This Council agrees that 'Keep Clear' yellow zig-zags outside schools shall no longer be advisory and regulations will be introduced to allow enforcement of these markings in a similar fashion to double yellow lines

The review is expected to last up to six months and the recommendations will go before a future meeting of the council.

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