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please help me as a parent at a school with an autistic child

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please help me
as a parent at a school with an autistic child i drive into the school to drop her off i stick to the 5 mph speed limit and stop at the crossing points to let kids pass
however on two ocasions now the school coaches pull out from a side junction without any cosideration to cars who are in the live lane
on two ocasions now i have had to stop and they have demanded i reverso over a zebra crossing (during home time)
i have no banksman and with small kids from 3+ crosing i have refused to reverse my car back
the police have now got involved but they have just told me to reverse
can i reverse over a zebra crossing?
i have been issued with a letter telling me i cant come onto the school grounds unless i have a blue badge however as far as i am aweare no other parent has received such a letter.
the head has also told me that the kids on the coach are not her responasbility once they are on the coach?
even though they are still on school property
hope you can advise
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Traffic Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for your question. My name is Jo and I will try to help with this.

How can I help with this please?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

what should i do in regard toreversing ontoa zebra crossing

and what laws willi be breaking

also what can i do about the coaches just pulling out from a side turning making me stop suddenley .

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.

On your specific points

1 It isn't ideal to reverse over a zebra crossing but there is no particular law against if the traffic situation demands it. Obviously the obligation to check it is clear is yours.

2 None.

3 I'm not sure what you wanted to do about this? Obviously they shouldnt be pulling out without checking but the conduct of the driver cannot be checked by anybody but the police.

In relation to being told you cannot come onto property, obviously I haven't seen the layout of this school but the request seems reasonable. There are clearly traffic difficulties and this can be resolved by parking outside, collecting children and walking to your vehicle.

In any event, its private property so they can refuse entry to anybody they choose. If you are displeased then you can always complain to the local authority about this decision

I'm very sorry if this is bad news.

Can I clarify anything for you?