|In response to your readers concerns over the
issue of road markings at the Primary School, I would like to clarify the position.
The zig zag markings at the School are advisory only and therefore parking on them is not
an offence in itself. However, the status of these markings could be changed by a process
called adoption. This would be carried out by the relevant County Council and
would make it an offence to park on these markings. If the Council were to undertake this
procedure they would have to erect small signs, such as those used for the yellow lines,
to explain the restriction. There also seems to be some confusion concerning the
Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act. The latter is law and contravening it is an
offence. The Highway Code, although containing many legal requirements under the Road
Traffic Act, is not itself legislation and therefore to contravene it is not automatically
an offence. My copy of the Highway Code contains the following paragraph in the
introduction. Although failure to comply with the other Rules of the Code will
not, in itself, cause a person to be prosecuted, the Highway Code may be used in evidence
in any Court proceedings under the Road Traffic Act to establish liability.
This paragraph is particularly relevant in the case of the Primary School as were there to
be an accident in the vicinity, vehicles parked on the zig zag lines may, as they are in
contravention of the Code, be held to be liable. I can assure you that Road Safety
remains a priority for the Police and to that end my advice would be to park away from
Cooper Road and walk your children to the School. Should anybody wish to discuss the
matter further please contact me at Sheringham Police Station or the County Council
Highway Department at Aylsham.
Sgt Tony Toynton
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