War zone at school gate
In New Zealand, most schools start at 8:15 or 8:30. Due to a lack of public school bus services, parents or guardians often take their pupils to school every day. You can imagine what happens at the school gates every morning and afternoon - CHAOS!
|In fill housing is one of the reasons for this problem||They all head to one point at same time||20 minutes before the school finishes|
Every parent wants to make sure that their child is at school when it starts,
every parent wants their child to be at the gate safely, so every parent
wants to park their car as close as possible to the school gate. What will
happen when hundreds of parents want their car near the gate at the same
time? Well it is basically impossible to cater the flood of cars at the
same time. So you park in No-Stopping zones, so you double park, so you
park in front of someone's drive way, so you park on the corner, so you
break traffic laws.
|5 minutes after school finishes||Lets you know where the school kids are||It was completely empty 10 minutes ago|
The traffic wardens are out there to monitor and warn parents. Often they issue an offence ticket for breaking one of the laws as mentioned before. These photos were taken at a school where parents were issued offence notices. They were the third worst school where 18 tickets were issued in the first term (early February to mid April, it varies by school).
|They are all innocent about congestion at school gate. They just enjoy with their friends, playing and learning|
The fines aren't cheap, $60 fine for parking on a broken yellow line, $60
fine for parking on a bus stop, $60 fine for double parking, $60 fine for
parking on footpath, but if you are rich you can do so. The most common
offences are parking on yellow lines and double paralleled parking.
The parent is rushing to work and there is nowhere close to park, so they
do so illegally = the result is expected.
The best idea is to take " A Walking School Bus " This is a great idea. A teacher or parent takes a group of kids from several points surrounding the school so there are more than few drop off points instead of only one at the front gate. Lets do this so both the parent and child gets a smooth commuting method. Plus, its cheaper and its exercise!
|School crossing where you must completely stop at the sign and let children cross the road safely. This is the must rule regardless.|
We, film crew, do not have to go this way. We often land on top of mountains,
go through bush, 4WD to vast fields, we do not have a drop off zone. The great
nature is our film industry drop off zone.
If you want to be dropped off on the peak of Mt. Aorangi (Mt.Cook) by contacting email@example.com we will make sure there will be no rush for you.
|When you look up, there are always beautiful white clouds and blue sky for you|