School Crossing Patrol

Page updated on: 29/08/2019

School Crossing Patrols are employed, primarily to help children cross the road safely on their way to and from school. When a school crossing patrol displays their stop sign, motorists must stop. If they do not, they are breaking the law and will be reported. They can face a £1,000 fine and a minimum of 3 penalty points on their licence.

School Crossing Patrols are allowed to stop traffic for anyone wishing to cross the road so long as they are operating at their approved site and within their authorised hours of duty. Even where a School Crossing Patrol is provided, parents remain responsible for ensuring their children’s safety.

You can help the School Crossing Patrol by:

  • Teaching your child to wait on the pavement and follow instructions.
  • Teaching your child to cross in front of the School Crossing Patrol.
  • Making sure your child behaves sensibly and does not distract the School Crossing Patrol.
  • Setting a good example yourself

Wherever you know a School Crossing Patrol operates, please give them every consideration and assistance by:

  • Parking well away from them. (They need to see and be seen by approaching traffic).
  • Always reduce your speed and be prepared to STOP!
  • Obeying their instructions when signalled to STOP!
  • Giving them time to cross the children safely and return back to the pavement.

Did you know...

  • Sign upside down - not ready to cross children.
  • Sign sideways – barrier to stop children crossing.
  • Sign held up high – ready to cross children. Vehicles must be prepared to STOP!
  • Sign extended out – all vehicles must STOP!

With your help and consideration the problems facing children on the way to and from their schools will be greatly reduced.

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