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Sheringham Community Paper
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
Sheringham Community Paper
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