car WXA112 parked

Schooled

Melbourne schools have been getting more and more parking restrictions placed around the adjacent streets. So the parents delivering their precious children to school by car (the majority of children get to school this way) end up parking on the surrounding streets where there are fewer parking restrictions.

car WXA112 parked

This side of the street only required a single road crossing to get to the school and was popular enough to be crammed full of cars dropping off children. So much that cars spilled off both ends into intersection areas as above, creating very limited space for vehicles to pass.

208 Parallel parking on a road (except in a median strip parking area)
(1) A driver who parks on a road (except in a median strip parking area) must position the driver’s vehicle in accordance with subrules (2) to (8).
Offence provision.
[….]
(6) If the road has a continuous dividing line or dividing strip, the driver must position the vehicle at least 3 metres from the continuous dividing line or dividing strip, unless otherwise indicated by information on or with a parking control sign.
[….]

By dropping off I should expand that to be parents walking the children onto the school grounds. Between this comprehensive supervision and the surprising prevalence of children only using the doors facing the kerb it was good to see the high levels of safety otherwise employed. But I’m struggling to understand the reasoning behind restricting parking at schools so much when all it does is force the children to cross more roads.

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