Cars queued on Grandview Rd, Pullenvale, at school afternoon pick-up. All of these motorists could be fined.
Cars queued on Grandview Rd, Pullenvale, at school afternoon pick-up. All of these motorists could be fined.

Mum fined $126 while waiting for child during school pick-up

A PULLENVALE mother is appealing a $126 parking fine she received while waiting in her car, on the road and with her engine running, during school pick-up.

Sue Goto said other parents waiting in the queue outside Pullenvale State School were also fined, including one who was stung $189 because they had pulled slightly off Grandview Rd into a bus bay to allow traffic to pass.

Ms Goto said the school's drop and go zone was very small and during the afternoon pick-up cars banked back up Grandview Rd, which is relatively narrow and has a solid white dividing line.

"That means people shouldn't overtake to get past, but they do, so out of courtesy most people try to get over to the grass verge or into the bus bay,'' she said.

"The school carpark is very small so if you don't arrive by about 2.30pm to 2.45pm you have no chance of getting a space.

"You're not allowed to park on the grass verge so the nearest available street parks are a long way up the hill on Grandview or in Lancing St.''

Ms Goto said the school also told her last year it was "dangerous'' to allow her daughter, then in Year 3, to walk up to Lancing St to meet her.

Police also told her, on another occasion last year, that she had overstayed the two-minute limit while queued in the drop and go zone and must leave.

"My Preppie saw me drive off and was beside himself. I had to do a U-turn in the carpark, which is dangerous, and come around again,'' she said.

Pullenvale principal Sam Symes declined to comment, but Ms Goto said when she approached him he seemed open to her idea of making the bus bay part of the drop and go zone.

Infrastructure Chairman Amanda Cooper said school parking provision was the responsibility of both Education Queensland and local governments.

But Ms Goto said many parents had no viable alternative to queuing as their children were either too young to walk up Grandview Rd by themselves, or had heavy backpacks, musical instruments and school electronic devices.

"After I first wrote to Council they got back to me and said I had no grounds for appeal,'' she said.

"Then I wrote to the Lord Mayor (Graham Quirk) and they got back to me to say I had an extension on paying until February 14 but if I didn't pay by then I would be referred to SPER (the State Penalties Enforcement Register).

"I'm not a criminal. This is just 15 minutes of the day we're talking about and I just want to pick up my kids without getting fined.''

Cr Cooper said Education Queensland had failed to provide parking for parents to drop-off or pick-up their children within the Pullenvale State School property, unlike many other schools.

"Council has provided an on-street pick-up zone, where parking does not compromise the safety of students and other road users,'' Cr Cooper said.

"Ultimately, when it comes to parking around schools, the safety of our children is paramount, which is why Council takes a firm but fair approach to dangerous illegal parking.

"Blocking a main road through queuing, rather than parking a short distance away and walking, can cause dangerous safety issues for children crossing the road and other vehicles."

Cr Cooper said Council had already worked with more than 80 schools to develop traffic management plans, to reduce congestion and maximise efficiency around the school.

"I would encourage Pullenvale State School to take up the opportunity to work with Council to complete a dedicated traffic management plan, to identify how traffic can be better managed during school times and what other parking options might be implemented," she said.

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