This interesting story unfolding in Britain, concerning a couple who let their children cycle to school. It's  a journey of under two kilometres and they only cross one road, under guidance of a lollipop lady. Still, the principal of the school has said he'll refer the matter to social workers if it continues.


Bonking Boris Johnson has sprung to their defence!!!




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I don't use a Challenger tank, because it doesn't have hazard lights and therefore make me feel like I've got a God-given right to park it wherever I want as long as there is orange flashing front and rear.

Of course if the two Challenger tanks referred to had their hazards flashing at the time they probably wouldn't have been destroyed and therefore have only themselves to blame. Which makes me wonder, has anyone ever blasted their horn at a tank?...
I have a challenger Mk II, but the salary sacrifice is murder and training my wife to park it outside the school is shall we say ........... a challenge ?
Challenger Mk II? A bit risky going with Chobham if you ask me. New mumbo jumbo stuff. Could break at any time if you ask me. I'll stick with the steel on my old Sherman thanks, steel is real.
I have a challenger Mk II, but the salary sacrifice is murder and training my wife to park it outside the school is shall we say ........... a challenge

1) You shouldn't have gone with the "LX" luxury model (with leather seats) - the base model comes in under the luxury tank tax threshold

2) My wife has absolutely no problem parking it at school, or anywhere she wants for that matter. The only people who seem to have a problem are those who own the fences or cars in the vicinity of where she chooses to park!
"If the school was so concerned about risk when travelling to school, they would ban parents from driving them!"

That's what they do in Japan - children are not allowed to arrive at school by car. There isn't room to drop them off, so for traffic and safety reasons it's forbidden. In primary school they all walk, and in high school they either ride or walk.
"they would ban parents from driving them!"

Isn't it interesting how the traffic volume diminishes substantially during school holidays! Not everyone goes on holidays.
Our local school doesn't have the power to ban parents driving kids to school. So the principal had to do the next best thing. She banned kids riding scooters to school.

Actually, she doesn't even have the power to do that. Apparently she does have the power to ban them being brought onto campus. Which is effectively banning their use as transport to school. Why? Because there is nowhere to store them and kids were leaving them in passageways where they were OH&S hazards. What about providing somewhere to store them. Nup. That would cost money.

Obesity and inactivity kill more slowly than tripping on a scooter so they are not a school problem!
My nieces started riding their Razor scooters to school, since it was only about a km. The teacher told them off.

Their mother rang the principal who thought it was a great idea and overruled and even found a place to store them during the day.

WIN.

So there are still small pockets of commonsense in the school system.
Sounds like the catholic primary school my oldest son goes to. Banned scooters due to storage problems - despite folded scooters taking up next to no room. Almost everyone is driven to school (my son walks), which is funny since the time taken to drive, queue up outside the school, drop your child off and then drive home is actually longer than it takes to walk, at least for the 1km from our house. If anyone ever tried to cycle to school the principal would have a fit.
My younger son goes to the local public school and they positively encourage walking, scootering and riding to school. There is scooter parking in the school which accommodates everyones scooter (there are only 100 kids in the school) and it takes up less space than a single car park.
Oddly enough in this case the schools were reversed. They were fine at their old school and just expected the new school would be the same.
Why? Because there is nowhere to store them and kids were leaving them in passageways where they were OH&S hazards.

Funny, I bet you she has managed to provide on-campus parking for staff cars which a) takes up much more space and cost to maintain that kids' scooter parking and b) is surely a much bigger OH&S risk (which would you rather be hit by?).
Oh, yeah. Staff all drive and all park on the school campus.

My wife and daughter were recently nearly run over by one teacher who seemed unable to control her car properly while parking it between temporary classrooms.

Funny how OH&S concerns only apply when this doesn't affect the convenience of those in charge.

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