CCTV cameras have been installed outside schools across Hillingdo n to curb parents' dangerous parking.
Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell OBE helped launch the road safety scheme when he visited a school in Hayes last week.
Mr Cracknell, a double rowing gold medallist, was joined by the Mayor of Hillingon, Hillingdon councillors and students at Dr Triplett's Church of England Primary School in Hayes last Thursday (September 29).
'Helpful for children's safety'
Head teacher at the Hemmen Lane school Sue Harratt said: “We were very pleased to be invited to have it installed.
“Parking outside school is a constant problem with parents doing quick drop offs.
“Anything that deters people from parking precariously is helpful for children's safety.”
The cameras automatically pick up drivers stopping on the zig-zag lines and issues a fine to anyone breaking the rules.
CCTV has been installed at all of the schools in the borough which have the road markings outside.
Pupils at the school were treated to a host of road safety lessons and given a masterclass in safely crossing the road.
'It helps the neighbourhood'
Mr Cracknell is the London Road Safety Council president and gave his support to the idea.
He said: “If it's enforced it's good. There's no point having [zig-zags] if you're not going to have it enforced.
“It helps the neighbourhood too.”
The cameras were put in place across the borough over the summer break and have been up and running since the start of term in September.
'You can't put a price on a child's life'
Hillingdon Council's cabinet member for planning, transportation and recycling, Councillor Keith Burrows, said: “I'm really pleased it's been officially launched.
“We going to keep all the children on their way to and from school safe.
“It's an investment we were willing to take.”
The Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor John Hensley, added: “You can't put a price on the child's life.
“If it saves one life or one child from injury it's worthwhile.”
Leader of the council, Councillor Ray Puddifoot , said the project is not to make money through fines but is instead to deter dangerous parking outside schools.