School Crossing Patrols are provided at strategic locations in each of the 12 local highway authorities in the north east.
The School Crossing Patrol Service was first introduced for primary schoolchildren in the UK in the 1950s. They were originally provided by the police but are now employed by local councils.
Drivers must stop and remain at rest when a School Crossing Patrol, wearing the approved uniform, displays the lollipop sign. Failure to do so is an offence under the Road Traffic Act 1984. This is also stated in Rule 87 of the Highway Code. Drivers can face a £1,000 fine, three penalty points on their licence and possible disqualification for non-compliance.
While local authorities do provide this service, parents must be clear that the service is not a statutory duty and that ultimately, even where a School Crossing Patrol is provided, parents remain responsible for ensuring their children's safety. For more information about the service in your area contact your local Road Safety Team.