School Crossing Patrols

About the Service

The School Crossing Patrol Service was first introduced in the 1950s.  The Police Service used to run the School Crossing Patrol Service until April 2000, when it was handed over to Local Authorities.  The law gives Local Authorities the power to provide patrols although they do not have to do so.  However, The Moray Council sees it as an important public service.

There are 36 approved sites in the Moray area.  We are always on the look out for suitable people to become either permanent patrols or reliefs to stand in when someone is off.  

What are School Crossing Patrols?

School Crossing Patrols are employed by the Council, primarily to help children cross the road safely on their way to and from school.  When a 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 £1000 fine and 3 penalty points on their licence.  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 Patrol by:

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

Parental responsibility

Whilst every effort is made to staff each site during the school term, cover cannot be guaranteed as sites can become vacant, often at very short notice. It should be noted that even where a school crossing patrol is provided, parents remain responsible for ensuring their child's safety on their whole journey to and from school.

Contact Us

Public Transport Unit
The Moray Council
PO Box 6760
IV30 9BX

0300 123 4565

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