Classic case of limited space not meeting traffic demand. Solution? Drop off your kid a little further and walk him or her to school. Tell the police to start enforcing the law against "professional" drivers. Not sure how effective this would be however. The police have been more aggressive with issuing tickets to those Alphards that park illegally in Central, yet those employers of drivers just treat it as an extra business expense. Don't know if these school bus companies will feel the same...or not.
Not everyone has the luxury of public transport at their doorsteps.
As for school bus solution, a 5 minutes journey by private car/taxi vs a 1 hour ride on the school bus for a 3 year old is simply not a practical option. most parents who live near the schools have tried the school bus solution and would agree with this.
Schools that intend to set up shop are required to obtain a license which requires them to ensure that they do not cause additional traffic obstruction to the area. The schools that allow buses to park outside unattended along public roads for 3 hours each time should be sanctioned for causing obstruction.
Traffic along Dorset Crescent is smooth even during peak pick-up and drop off hours. Private cars do not linger for longer than necessary (nobody sticks around for more than 3 minutes) and are very happy to get on with the rest of the day. Private car drivers are not even getting off the cars (like taxis) and leaving their cars unattended.
There's just no reason for the traffic police to penalize only private cars.
If it's a 5 minute car ride, why not simply walk?
walking takes 45 minutes with a 3 year old
Another thing is that it is probably the schools that have informed the traffic wardens to be around to ensure smooth traffic movement.
it doesn't work that way because the school buses don't just ferry kids to 1 school but to several schools.
Using a conservative example, if 100 pupils require transport to the school entrance as you describe and being at the same school and of similar age will start school at the same time doesn't that mean there will be 100 cars stopping outside the school to drop off their kids at the same time?
Even if they stop for less than a minute, I don't see how that will not cause a traffic problem.