School Crossing Patrols
Although we do not have to provide School Crossing Patrols by law, we view them as an important public service. There are 36 approved sites in the Moray area and we are always on the lookout for suitable people to become either permanent patrols or relief to stand in when someone is off.
What are School Crossing Patrols?
School Crossing Patrollers 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 £1,000 fine and three 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
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.
Public Transport Unit