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School Crossing Patrols (SCPs)

Parents, adults and drivers are still responsible for themselves and others when a School Crossing Patrol is active.
This page provides information on navigating School Crossing Patrols ("lollipop men/women"), becoming an SCP, pedestrian training and acquiring an SCP for a school.

School Crossing Patrol

School Crossing Patrols (lollipop ladies / men) are one of only three groups of people who are allowed to stop traffic, the others being traffic wardens and police officers. SCPs have legal powers to stop traffic so that both adults and children can cross the road.

Only trained SCPs may use a “lollipop” and they must operate at a designated site.

School Crossing Patrol signals

school crossing signals

Both drivers and parents/pedestrians must obey the signals from the SCPs stop sign that they use:-

  • Figure A:- Sign held upside down - This indicates it is not safe for pedestrians to cross yet .
  • Figure B:- Sign held sideways - This indicates a barrier so that pedestrians can not go onto the road.
  • Figure C:- Sign held up one arm holding the sign, the other arm inwards - pedestrians should get ready to cross and vehicles must be prepared to stop.
  • Figure D:- Both arms extended out sign held up in one hand - All vehicles must stop, pedestrians can now cross.

Rules for crossing with a SCP:-

  1. Walk on the pavement to the SCP.
  2. Tell them you would like to cross.
  3. The patrol will tell the adults and children to wait on the pavement and will use the stop sign as a barrier to stop them from edging into the road (See figure B).
  4. The patrol will then signal for traffic to stop (see figure C). do not follow the patrol into the road. .
  5. When the traffic has stopped, the patrol will call you to cross over (See figure D). Please walk in front of the patrol so they can see you. If you are on a bike, get off your bike and push it across the road.
  6. The patrol will remain in the centre of the road until all of the children and adults have completed crossing the road.

Types of Crossings

Some SCPs work on zebra, pelican, puffin and Toucan crossings. At these locations the same rules apply. When a SCP is on duty at a light controlled crossing, members of the public should wait for them to press the button. Remember even where an SCP is provided, parents remain responsible for ensuring their children’s safety.

Pelican Crossings

Toucan Crossing

Puffin Crossing

Zebra Crossings

Road Safety Great Britain

Road Safety GB provide a vast amount of information and resources on road safety. Visit their website www.roadsafetygb.org.uk. For more specific information relating to school crossings, please see the links below to the following Road Safety GB pages:-

Drivers urged to stop for SCPs
Stop means stop campaign

Legal information for drivers

Under the Road Traffic Act 1984, drivers are legally obliged to obey the patrol wearing the official uniform and displaying the STOP sign. Drivers must stop when signalled by an SCP.

Failure to comply could result in a fine up to £1,000, 3 points on your licence and possible disqualification

If you are a driver, remember:

  • do not move forward and remain patient
  • do not park close to where a patrol is working and never on the zigzag markings
  • look out for signs or flashing amber lights which warn of a school crossing patrol ahead
  • observe all parking regulations in accordance with the Highway Code. Park in a way that considers others and enables children to enter and leave the school safely.

Information for schools

Acquiring a School Crossing Patrol

Birmingham Road Safety pedestrian training


Contact Us

If you wish to find out about School crossings in your area please email schoolcrossings@birmingham.gov.uk or Telephone us on:- 0121 303 7777

You can also get in touch with us via post:-

School Crossing Patrol Service
Summerfield Community Centre
Winson Green Road
Ladywood District Birmingham
B18 4EJ