Complaints have flooded in about dangerous parking outside schools in Nuneaton and Bedworth just days after classrooms re-opened.

Neighbourhood Watch officials have warned that they have seen ‘lots’ of complaints on social media about dangerous and illegal parking around schools across the borough.

They say the situation is made all the more serious as many schools have new exit routes as part of coronavirus social distancing measures.

They are advising those who have witnessed dangerous parking to contact police – via an online portal – as part of Operation Snap.

As we reported in our newsletter under Operation Snap, more than 150 drivers were fined for their actions – and more could follow if people use it to report dangerous parking this school year.

“You don’t need police presence to get action taken – you can file your own reports of dangerous and illegal parking to the police by uploading photos or videos to the Operation Snap online portal,” a Nuneaton and Bedworth Neighbourhood watch post says.

“Operation Snap can be used for any traffic offence, and was originally designed for DashCam footage, however it has been increasing being used for illegal parking.”

What you can report

  • Parking obstructing the pavement so you have to leave the pavement to pass
  • Parking on yellow zigzags (particularly those marked ‘school’
  • Parking on white zigzags by crossings
  • Parking over marked bus stops – with a thick yellow line next to the kerb
  • Parking where a white line runs along the kerb
  • Parking that’s with 10 metres of a junction
  • Anything else you think is dangerous

“Whilst you could use Operation Snap to report vehicles blocking traffic, we recommend you can the police on 101 to get immediate action taken,” the post continues.

It goes on to warn: “Please refrain from overtly taking footage in a manner than many cause confrontation. There are no laws against taking photos in a public place no matter what the subject matter, but you cannot take photos on school grounds or public buildings without permission.”

Footage can be sent to police via the form here.

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