A survey of more than 1100 parents has found they have serious fears for traffic safety around Canberra schools.
Parents of public school children from 73 of the territory's 86 schools cited problems with dangerous driving; high traffic volumes; misuse of pickup and drop-off zones and school crossings; and problems parking as part of an ACT Council of Parents and Citizens Associations survey.
More than two thirds of parents surveyed had witnessed an accident or near miss around their school, with 14 per cent of respondents reporting this happened often.
A similar number said their school car parks and drop-off areas were unsafe, while a fifth thought roads around their school were very unsafe.
More than 70 per cent of parents had found parking at their school difficult which had, in some cases, deterred them from attending school events and volunteering.
A similar number had had problems using pick-up and drop-off zones or had faced unmanageable volumes of cars descending on schools zones around 9am and 3pm.
A council spokeswoman said the data had not been broken down school-by-school but the largest number of responses came from Amaroo School, Garran Primary School, Harrison School, Melrose High School, Gordon Primary School, Turner Primary School and Fraser Primary School.
Drop-off and pick-up problems were the biggest issues in the eyes of the 135 Amaroo School parents, while, at Garran Primary, 114 parents highlighted very high traffic volumes and difficulties parking.
Almost a third of the 67 Harrison School parents regularly witnessed near misses around the school.
In contrast, the 51 parents of children at Melrose High School were much happier with traffic and parking around their school, and only a fifth drove their children.
President Vivienne Pearce said although the opt-in nature of the survey could skew data, the results reflected continuing concerns raised by parents over the past three years.
"It continues to be a major issue, particularly with primary schools," she said.
"I knew there had been incidents where there's been near misses but I was surprised by the number of parents in the survey who reported they had seen a near miss."
Although immediate short-term solutions were needed to improve particularly dangerous school zones, Ms Pearce said she wanted Territory and Municipal Services, Education and Training and ACT Health to form a co-ordinated taskforce to address safety problems.
Surveyed parents suggested more parking, improvements to school crossings or new crossings, more pull-off bays and tougher enforcement of speed limits and parking restrictions.
"It's a cop-out to blame parents if they don't have the right conditions to drop off kids safely," Ms Pearce said.
"Unfortunately, we see the problems being repeated in new schools. We were very surprised to see repeated flaws with the [new Coombes Primary School] carpark in terms of driving through one entrance to get to drop-off and pick-up areas. We need separate areas for carparks because it creates dangerous conditions."