Parents taking their children to school should be allowed to use bus lanes to skip traffic queues, according to a new campaign.
In a move that’s sure to stir up resentment among other drivers who face similar pressures on their time, LeaseCar.uk has suggested that allowing families to use the dedicated lanes would be good for kids and parents who are under pressure at school, home and work.
Currently, only buses, taxis, motorbikes and bicycles are allowed to use bus lanes during their hours of operation.
But LeaseCar’s Gareth Roberts believes that letting school run cars share the lanes would make life easier for hard-pressed parents trying to get their children to school on time and allow families to spend more quality time together at home.
According to the Department for Transport 46 per cent of primary school children and 23 per cent of secondary children travel to school by car, joining the estimated 15 million cars carrying commuters every day.
Mr Roberts said: “Busy mums and dads just don’t have time to be sat in traffic on the way to school.
“Picture the scene: your children are arguing, have got breakfast everywhere and forgotten their PE kit, so now you’re stuck in traffic and running late.
“The last thing you should then have to do is sit in a jam for half an hour, inching between sets of lights, while an empty taxi or motorcycle sails by.
“It poses an obvious question for local authorities, if getting kids to school on time is a priority: why aren’t parents on the school run allowed in bus lanes too?”
According to traffic analysts Inrix, UK drivers spend an average of 31 hours stuck in rush-hour traffic and the UK is the world’s 10th most congested country.
Mr Roberts added: “Many pupils don’t have the luxury of living a walkable distance around the corner from school and public transport is too unreliable for many.
“So, something like opening bus lanes to parents on the school run must be done, to stop some children being consistently delayed and therefore disadvantaged.”