Source: Scotland – City of Perth
The access restriction will operate each weekday during the school term between 8.30am and 9.15am each morning and between 2.30pm and 3.45pm each afternoon. Amber beacons on the signs will flash during these times to indicate the restriction is in operation.
Work is underway to extend the 20mph speed limit and install vehicle-activated signs as part of the infrastructure improvements for the trial school exclusion zone; these signs will be live for the start of the trial. In addition, there has also been construction of new footpaths on Fairies Road and Viewlands Road; as well as other traffic control measures such as double yellow lines to prevent vehicles from blocking access. New pedestrian crossings for Viewlands Road, Viewlands Road West are in the design stage and will be installed later in the year and a site investigation for a pedestrian crossing on Glasgow Road is underway.
The Exclusion Zone prohibits traffic from streets near the schools at the start and the end of the school day; as well as making the journey to school safer for pupils, School Exclusion Zones also encourage children, young people and parents to walk or cycle to school.
Traveling to school actively can help children to be more alert and ready for the day, as well as contributing to the 60 minutes of daily exercise recommended for children and young people.
Mark Butterworth, Head of Environmental and Consumer Services for Perth & Kinross Council, said: “School Exclusion Zones elsewhere in Perth and Kinross have proven to not only improve pupil safety but also promote healthier lifestyles by encouraging active travel.
“Removing unnecessary traffic from the school gates will also help improve air quality. This Exclusion Zone is the largest to be rolled out within Perth and Kinross and this trial will allow us to ensure that the measures will achieve the best outcome for the school and residents within the zoned area.”
“It is important to remember that this is a pilot project at the moment, which will include assessing the impact on the local residents who live just outside the exclusion zone, therefore further changes may be made as the project progresses”.
Residents within the exclusion zone are eligible for an access permit. Permits have also been issued to school staff, carers and other essential users. The permits should be displayed by drivers when entering or leaving the zone when the restriction is in operation. Vehicles without a permit should not be travelling within the restricted area during the times of operation.
Public service vehicles and blue badge holders are exempt from the restriction; as are school contract vehicles (buses and taxis), emergency vehicles and vehicles required to deliver Council services such as bin collection.
Police Scotland can take enforcement action against motorists who ignore Exclusion Zones.