Rows during the school run 'on the rise'

Squabbles at the school gates are on the rise after a survey found as many as 75% of people had witnessed aggressive behaviour while dropping their kids off for lessons.

Parents criticised over car use on school run

Councillor
Councillor Mehboob Khan says schools face a daily road safety battle. Credit: Daybreak/ITV

Some parents would literally "take their cars into the classroom" when dropping their children off at school, a frustrated councillor has told Daybreak.

Mehboob Khan, Leader of Kirklees Council explained: "We use school children to get messages across to parents with road safety training in class so that when they go home they explain to mum and dad what is appropriate and acceptable behaviour.

"I recently had one headteacher comment to me if parents could take their cars into the classroom, they would do so. That is the situation we are faced with on a daily basis."

Child safety at school gates 'of the upmost importance'

More needs to be done to increase the safety of school children travelling to and from school, car insurers have said.

The warning comes after a poll by Allianz Your Cover showed 75% of parents had seen aggressive behaviour during the school run.

We support calls for increased safety around schools. Getting children to the school gates safely is of the upmost importance and often the competition for parking spaces, busy parents and the need to be on time can distract from this.

– Jon Lott, Allianz Your Cover

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'Over half' of children driven to school

At least 56% of children are driven to school by their parents in the morning, according to a poll.

Research from insurers Allianz Your Cover also found:

  • 19% of parents worry about children going to and from school on their own during the dark winter months.
  • 14% are concerned about accidents at that time of year.
  • 43% of parents feel their children take longer to get ready for school in the winter.
  • 88% of school runs are done by parents and the average school run is 7.6 miles.

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'75%' witness fights over spaces at school car park

Fury at the school gates is on the rise, with 75% of people reporting aggressive behaviour as frustrated parents look for parking spaces, a poll has found.

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A whopping 79% of parents who take part in a weekly school run wanted a 20mph zone around the premises. Credit: PA

Data from Allianz Your Cover found nearly two in five people had seen or heard about car accidents between parents as they dropped their children off at school.

The insurance company quizzed 1,000 adults who drop children off at school at least once a week and found 79`5 wanted to see a 20mph zone around the premises to prevent accidents.

Zones could begin at least a quarter of mile outside the school gates, parents said.