School crossing patrols

Helping children get to school safely

Although local authorities are not required by law to provide this service, North Lanarkshire Council recognises the significant role that school crossing patrols play in reducing the number of road accidents involving children. The council provides 234 designated crossing sites.

Basis of the service

Environmental Services carries out the day to day management of the service. The School Crossing Patrol service is based on the concept of part-time employees undertaking the duty of seeing children safely across the road at specific sites on their journey to and from school. The patrols normally operate over three patrol periods per day during the school term.

Parental responsibility

Whilst every effort is made to staff each site during the school term, cover cannot be guaranteed as sites can become vacant, often at very short notice. It should be noted that even where a school crossing patrol is provided, parents remain responsible for ensuring their child's safety on their whole journey to and from school.

Legal powers

It is an offence under the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984, for a driver to fail to stop for a patroller wearing the official uniform and displaying the patrol stop sign. It is also an offence for a driver to move off whilst the patroller is still on the road.

The school crossing patrols were given extended powers by the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001, meaning that patrollers can now stop traffic to help adults cross the road, as well as children going to and from school.

If you are interested in joining the team, find out more at our  page. 

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