I read in the paper last night that some councils in London (and elsewhere in the country) are using cameras now to clamp down on school run mums who park illegally while they’re dropping off their kids at school.
Hallelujah. But it’s really just the tip of the iceberg.
When No 1 Son was at our (very local) primary school, I used to walk him there every day; and every morning we had to dodge 4x4s driven by mums who seemed to have no concept of safe driving; if they weren’t mounting the pavement or parking (illegally) nose to bumper outside the school, making it impossible to actually cross the road safely, they were stopping right outside the school gates to let their kids out… with little regard for passing traffic. Forget White Van Man. School Road Rage Mums take ‘road hog’ to a whole different level. Something happens to these women when they get behind a wheel and it ain’t pretty.
I once saw a School Road Rage Mum sarcastically applaud my elderly mother as she tried to get her way out of a tight parking spot where she’d been hemmed in. That’s the kind of mentality some of these women have. It’s as though they live in a tin bubble where the only thing that matters is how they get to and from the school gates.
Every time I walk past the primary school it’s the same story – mums (and it is mums where we live) parking insanely, either on the pavements, making it almost impossible for anyone with a pushchair to get past, or on double yellows, or just about anywhere. And they are DANGEROUS.
Hopefully the threat of being caught will make some of these women think about what they’re doing and the possible consequences (which could be so much worse than a fine). But what I really don’t understand is why they’re driving to school in the first place. The point about a local primary is that you can walk there. Isn’t it?