Mark Whitehead 10 July 2019

Birmingham CC to pilot ‘car free’ areas outside schools

A scheme to ban vehicles from roads near schools at the start and end of the day is to be tried in Birmingham from September.

The city council says many schools experience 'traffic related issues' and the Car Free School Streets initiative aims to reduce congestion and improve air quality.

It follows successful schemes at other local authorities including nearby Solihull.

The pilot will be introduced at six schools with plans to extend it to others in the city.

Local residents living on the streets affected will be given permits to access their properties and there will be some other exemptions including blue badge holders and emergency services.

But anyone else driving in the restricted zone at set times at the start and end of the school day could be given a fixed penalty notice charge of £50.

Council cabinet member Waseem Zaffar said: 'These closures will really benefit local communities, improving people’s health and the environment.

'This is a pilot scheme but ultimately I want every school in the city to be a clean air safe haven for our children.'

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