School Crossing Patrols

Legislation History

School Crossing Patrols (referred to in this document as SCPs) were established by the School Crossing SCP Act 1953 and instituted on 1 July 1954 through the School Crossing SCP Order 1954.
The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (Sections 26 – 28) gave ‘Appropriate Authorities’ the power to appoint SCPs to help children cross the road on their way to or from school, or from one part of a school to another, between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:30 pm.


Current Legislation

Section 270 of the Transport Act 2000, which came into force on 30 January 2001, amended the 1984 Regulations to allow SCPs to operate “at such times as the Authority thinks fit”. Therefore, SCPs may now work outside the hours of 8.00 am to 5.30pm and can stop traffic to help anyone (child or adult) to cross the road.


Parental Responsibility

Even where an SCP is provided, parents remain responsible for ensuring their children’s safety, just as they do when a zebra crossing or pelican crossing is provided.