Parents are risking fines

Parents causing congestion at peak times outside local schools could face “robust” enforcement by the police to get them to change their ways.

With the new school term well and truly under way, community liaison officer Constable Ally Smith told Forfar community councillors at their last meeting that complaints have been lodged about parents dropping off and collecting their children.

He said: “I don’t know how we get around it. Times have changed and parents are now driving a hundred yards to drop their kids off when previously they would have walked.”

The situation outside Forfar Academy has been aggravated by roadworks. Member Alistair Cormie said this, combined with congestion caused by the morning traffic, creates “a nightmare” by 8.45 a.m. and he fears for pupils’ safety.

Constable Smith added: “Since the change to Police Scotland, enforcement has been a lot higher on the agenda with the Chief Constable than when we were individual forces. Maybe if we’re more robust with enforcement, that would help. Fines have gone up from £60 to £100 and the last thing we want is to ticket people for these offences, but we will if that’s what it takes.”