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School crossing patrols

When you see a SCP step into the road ahead of you, displaying the STOP sign, drivers MUST STOP to allow people cross the road (Rule 87 of the Highway Code)

It is an offence under the Road Traffic Act of 1984 if you do not stop when signalled to do so by a School Crossing Patrol.

Come hail, rain, snow or sun these dedicated men and women will cross our children daily to and from school in safety.

On today’s busy roads, it takes special qualities to step out and stop traffic and keep the attention of children until they are crossed safely. Whereas most drivers are courteous and patient while SCPs carry out their duties, there are increased instances of dangerous driving and threatening behaviour towards SCPs at their patrol sites.

Examples include:

  • Failing to stop at all
  • Driving around the patrol while they are in the road
  • Driving too close to the patrol 
  • Revving engines while the SCP and children are in the road 
  • Using abusive language 
  • Occasionally using physical violence

If you do not stop, the possible penalties include:

  • A fine of up to £1,000
  • Three penalty points on your licence
  • Disqualification from driving 

School Crossing Patrol Officers perform a vital duty ensuring that children and other pedestrians cross safely when travelling to and from school. With ever increasing traffic on our roads throughout Merthyr Tydfil, it is increasingly important that motorists are encouraged to drive safely. Drivers are asked to spare a thought of the important job SCPs do and to help, not hinder them. 

Working as a School Crossing Patrol Officer

If you are looking for a few hours' work a week, out of doors and meeting lots of people, you may be thinking of becoming a ‘Lollipop Person’ or School Crossing Patrol Officer. Working hours are up to 2 hours per day, term-time only. Please contact us to find out more.

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