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Sunday Telegraph - Sunday 21 August 2011

THE state government and councils are raking in more than $7 million a year by blitzing school "kiss and drop" zones.

But parents argue a lack of parking bays has left them with no option but to cop fines, up to $353, by illegally stopping in bus zones and near pedestrian crossings.

They accuse revenue-raising councils of putting children's lives at risk by not sanctioning much-needed safety drop-off zones outside schools with the worst track record of infringements.

Figures obtained from the Office of State Revenue, which collects penalties on behalf of councils and NSW Police, show $7.1 million in revenue was collected from 30,737 parking offences in school zones last year.

More than 16,500 fines had already been issued to parents this year, which has raked in over $3.8 million.

Federation of Parents and Citizens' Associations of NSW President Helen Walton said there was a lack of assistance from councils and the RTA in building "kiss and drop" zones.

Ms Walton said "kiss and drop" zones were necessary for safety, especially for primary schools.

"We're trying to protect the child as much as we can and the easiest way to do that is provide a safe area where parents can drop their child right in front of the school and watch them walk into the school grounds," Ms Walton said.

Pedestrian Council chairman Harold Scruby said he had no sympathy for parents who complained about not having "kiss and drop" zones.

"Parents should get off their fat bums and walk with their children so that they and their children get some exercise," he said.

© Sunday Telegraph