School Streets Restrictions Set To Resume

Camera enforcement will be operating at some locations

Motorists in Wandsworth could be fined if they drive near the borough’s schools at certain times due to the re-imposition of School Streets restrictions.

Local schools are set to reopen to all pupils on 8 March as the national lockdown eases and 19 of them have School Streets measures which limit who can drive on certain roads when pupils arrive in the mornings and leave in the afternoons.

Motorists should be alerted to the scheme by road signs displayed at the entrances to the School Streets which give the operating times. At some locations retractable bollards and temporary barriers are used to further deter vehicle access.

But at some local schools cameras are now being installed and drivers filmed breaching the restriction can expect to receive a penalty charge in the post.

The primary schools where cameras are being used are Earlsfield, Furzedown Penwortham and Hillbrook.

Residents and businesses who live and work on a School Street are given access as are Blue Badge holders and some others who are exempted.

Vehicles already parked in a School Street before its hours of operation come into effect can also leave without being penalised or impeded. The schemes do not operate in the school holidays or at weekends.

Data collated jointly by campaign groups Mums for Lungs and the Healthy Streets coalition - a group of transport, health, road safety and environment campaigners – found that Wandsworth has the eighth highest number of School Streets across all 32 London boroughs and the City.

For more information about Wandsworth’s School Streets, where they are located, their hours of operation, and who may be eligible to apply for an exemption, visit the council’s website.

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March 2, 2021