Thousands of pounds are to be spent by the council to ensure road markings outside schools can be properly enforced.
Up to £17,400 could be spent painting lines, erecting signs and making a traffic regulation order (TRO) which will enable traffic wardens and the police to take action against anyone parking on ‘School Keep Clear’ markings.
In the Selkirk area five signs will be required and three sets of lines could be repainted.
Currently, the yellow zigzag line markings are only advisory, and it has taken the council almost three years to make progress on the issue.
In November 2010, the council backed a motion by then member Fiona Lackenby for a ‘move forward’ to be made which would see such markings come under a TRO.
The proposed regulation will make it illegal for vehicles to park on the lines on weekdays between 8am and 4pm.
A report which went before councillors on Wednesday stated: “The order is proposed to further promote road safety in the vicinity of schools by making currently advisory zigzag school entrance road markings enforceable.”
A two-stage consultation process, with statutory consultees and the public, drew no objections.
A council spokesman said the May 2011 election, the preparation of plans and legal documents, and changes in the committee system had all held back the proposal.
He added that demands on the legal services team had also led to delays with the consultation and draft of the TRO.
The spokesman said: “Of the spend of £17,400, roughly half this estimate (c£8,500) relates to road markings and is what is seen as necessary should all sites need their existing road markings refreshed.
“The remaining costs are required to provide signs. These sites currently do not have signs and the traffic regulation order will introduce restrictions that will be enforceable.”