ONE WEEK on from the start of a controversial traffic-busting scheme which means parents can’t drive or park in the streets surrounding their childrens’ schools and the message is still being put out there – according to Solihull Councillors.
Since the start of the new school year on September 4 parents at Haslucks Green Junior School, Marston Green Infant Academy and Oak Cottage Primary School have had restrictions put on them under the School Streets initiative.
Over the next 18 months anyone caught parking or driving on roads near the schools at the beginning and end of the day will be faced with a fine.
However residents with permits and emergency vehicles are exempt.
A new permanent 20mph speed limit for all traffic has also be introduced, and the scheme will is enforced under West Midlands Police traffic enforcement powers.
So far it seems no fines have been handed out.
Coun Ted Richards OBE, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “We need to make sure people know about the scheme before considering any punitive action, so we will continue to work with schools and the communities to get the message out.
“The aim of School Streets to create a safer and more pleasant environment for everyone around schools.
“At the moment we are encouraging parents and residents to abide by the new regulations.
“We hope parents will notice the more pleasant environment around their children’s schools and support the scheme.
“We are monitoring and evaluating the situation closely at these three pilots.
“I know it will be a big change for many people but I am confident the benefits will outweigh any minor inconveniences.
“This isn’t a scheme that is meant to catch people out, but to deal with chaotic parking outside schools and the safety of our children.”
Solihull Council said the pilot will run for 18 months and over the first six months it will take feedback and make changes if necessary.
After the trial period the project will be evaluated and the scheme will be made permanent, modified or withdrawn.
For more information about the Solihull School Streets pilot, visit www.solihull.gov.uk/schoolstreets
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